Paris Officially Says It's Phasing Out All Non-Electric Cars

A Tesla electric car at a charging station. Paris plans to ban combustion-engine vehicles by 2030. Alexander Becher  EPA

A Tesla electric car at a charging station. Paris plans to ban combustion-engine vehicles by 2030. Alexander Becher EPA

In response, Paris Mayor Ann Hidalgo and government officials have approved "no-car zones, car-free days and fines for drivers who enter the city in cars that are more than 20 years old", Reuters reported. It's not the only developed country that has such plans, as the Dutch also plan to ban all fossil fuel cars by 2030, and China already stated it would ban petrol cars 'in the near future'.

Paris authorities plan to banish all petrol- and diesel-fueled cars from the world's most visited city by 2030, Paris City Hall said on Thursday.

"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".

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Many Parisians do not own cars, relying on extensive public transport systems and, increasingly, fast-burgeoning networks offering bikes, scooters and low-pollution hybrid engine cars for shot-term rental. It's also worth noting that Paris served as the host city of the global Paris Climate Accord, a pact to reduce carbon dioxide globally.

Hidalgo has been seeking to reduce pollution with a series of measures.

According to the CBC, city officials said it was introducing a "feasible and realistic" goal of phasing out of gas vehicles instead of calling the move a "ban" on such cars.

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Paris has faced rising air pollution in the last few years.

France wants to ban internal combustion cars altogether by 2040. 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.

As a whole, France will provide financial assistance to buyers, which will allow them to trade in older cars with combustion engines for newer, zero-emission vehicles.

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