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

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

The noise of auto engines enveloping the streets of the French capital might in the future become a memory for Paris pedestrians. The City of Lights plans to bring about a gradual phaseout of combustion-engine cars by the year 2030, avoiding calling it a "ban" but echoing steps already taken by the city government to reduce air pollution in the city, Reuters reports.

The move, announced Thursday, follows Mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to ban all diesel cars from the city by 2024, when Paris will host the Summer Olympics.

"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 Nadjovski, an official responsible for transport policy at city council, told France Info radio station. Paris officials aren't calling the limitations on vehicles an outright ban, but rather masquerading it behind a hard cutoff where inefficient cars powered by an internal combustion engine would be phased out in favor of newer, greener technology. She has established bike paths and new bus lanes in an effort to reduce the city's dependence on cars.

Wary of those critics, City Hall issued a statement Thursday insisting the 2030 deadline isn't an outright ban but "a feasible and realistic" goal. Paris has also instituted temporary vehicle bans inside the city in response to pollutant levels in the area, causing some irritation from city dwellers who have to commute by auto.


After an atmospheric phenomenon known as inversion occurred last March, "the pollution levels in Paris briefly topped those of Beijing", NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reported.

Cars that run on electricity would not be affected.

A study carried out by an air quality monitoring group said Monday the move had had a limited impact on air quality. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot has said he wants to banish from France all fossil fuel cars by 2040. "That's my goal", said Hidalgo in an interview with Le Parisian on the city's anti-pollution measures.

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