Paris Mayor Plans To Eliminate All Non-Electric Cars By 2030


Instead, citizens will get around via public transport, bicycles, and electric cars - and Paris will be on its way to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo also said Thursday that diesel vehicles would be banned in the city by 2024. City officials are often forced to issue temporary bans on gas- and diesel-powered cars in response to particularly bad surges.

"This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases", Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for the transportation policies in the mayor's office, "Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030". "We're planning to press ahead with the end of fossil-based vehicles because quite simply we're running out of time". Currently, diesel cars account for about 40 percent of total new vehicle sales in France and the local automakers are among the best on the diesel market.

The climate plan will be submitted to the Council of Paris for a vote in November.

Also in July, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that no more gasoline and diesel-powered cars would be sold in the whole of France by 2040.

The city's statement emphasized that it was going to make the transition easy for its citizens, pointing to recent announcements by automakers to gradually stop producing gas and diesel cars. Paris is already part of a group of cities that includes Madrid, Mexico City and Athens that plan to end the use of diesel-engined cars by 2025, collectively representing metropolises that are home to 42 million people. By offering alternatives, we can do without a personal auto. Nitrogen dioxide levels dropped 25 percent, and noise levels dropped an average of 20 percent.