Paris plans to ban combustion engine cars by 2030

Emboldened by the French government's plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars by 2040, Paris is set to implement such as policy a decade earlier in 2030.

The announcement marks an acceleration in the electrification of mobility in France and other European cities, the policy being driven by poor air quality in most urban areas.

Commenting on the plan, Christophe Najdovski, an official responsible for transport policy at the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo, said: "This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases... 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."

Another motive for the French capital is the city's hosting of the Olympics in 2024, by which time the Mayor wants to have achieved key air quality targets and showcase Paris on the world stage. The advent of the games is likely to act as a focus for new technologies including cleaner transport.

France has already seen a strong growth in electric vehicle (EVs), the only current viable option to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. 2016 saw almost 30,000 EVs registered in France, with around 1.5% of all new car sales being electric. Unusually for a leading EV market, around three-quarters of EV sales are for fully electric cars, with plug-in hybrids accounting for the remainder of the EV market.

Paris has been at the cutting edge of transport policy for many years, the city being first to implement a series of car restrictions including: car-free zones, car-free days, Autolib electric car sharing scheme, and the 'Crit'Air' car sticker which labels a car accordining to its emissions and is mandatory for all vehicles if they want to enter the city's 'emergency low emission zone'.

Other major cities in the world are considering similar bans on ICE vehicles and China, which suffers from acute levels of urban air pollution, recently announced that it would soon be seeking to phase out combustion-engine cars.

Closer to home, the UK has already announced a UK ban on petrol and diesel car sales from 2040, and again leading the national target, the city of Oxford plans to exclude petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035, with preferential access being given to electric-only cars.

Ben Lane

Author:Ben Lane
Date Updated:13th Oct 2017

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