Ahead of France, Paris to phase out internal-combustion engines by 2030

Posted October 14, 2017

According to French local authorities, Paris has chose to cease all internal combustion engine-powered vehicle sales by 2030, looking to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050.

The world's most visited city, Paris, plans to prohibit fossil-fueled cars from entering city before 2030.

"Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers.so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030", Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for transport policy at the mayor's office, said. Rumors have surfaced in recent months that the city would take measures to ban diesel vehicles prior to the 2024 games.

Although it may seem incredibly hard for North Americans to imagine such a ban, many Parisians do not own a vehicle. Some pollution spikes have been so bad they forced City Hall to bar half of all cars from traveling and to make public transportation free for several days.

Paris has seen significant amounts of rising air pollution in the last few years.

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It was announced that decision would not affect electric vehicles. The city is also surging ahead with plans for a ban on diesel vehicles ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics, an event expected to generate more climate agreements on a state and city level.

When it comes to efforts to reduce pollution within city limits, Paris is already known for introducing a ban on cars older than 20 years in the city during weekdays, a measure which drew some criticism for effectively discriminating against those who can not afford newer cars.

While the country will stick to the 2040 timeline, France's capital city of Paris announced a more aggressive timeline.

There are about 32 million household cars in France, where the population is about 66 million, according to 2016 data from the Argus, an automobile industry publication.