Paris to Ban Gas-Powered Vehicles a Decade Ahead of Schedule

Paris wants all gas-powered cars out of the city by 2030

Paris wants all gas-powered cars out of the city by 2030

In a statement announcing the transition to only electric cars in Paris, officials made sure to clarify that the removal of all other types of cars by 2030 should not be interpreted as a ban but a "trajectory".

If the mayor of Paris holds sway, gas-powered cars will be gone from her city by 2030.

The French capital, which will host the Olympic Games in the summer of 2024 and was host city for the latest worldwide pact on policies to tame global warming, had already been eyeing an end to diesel cars in the city by the time of the Olympics. "So we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030". New owners can claim €6,000 ($7,100 USD) if purchasing an electric auto, or further increase their incentives to €10,000 ($11,800 USD) should they also arrange to have their old diesel vehicle scrapped alongside the purchase. Authorities say that more than 60 percent of Parisians don't own a auto.

Cities across the globe have announced similar plans in recent months to reduce or eliminate gas- and diesel-fueled cars. He said the country intends to be carbon neutral by 2050, a decision he linked to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. 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.

Paris has seen significant amounts of rising air pollution in the last few years. In July, Hidalgo banned cars built before 1997 from driving in the city during daylight on weekdays. Nitrogen dioxide levels dropped 25 percent, and noise levels dropped an average of 20 percent.

And Paris City Hall called its third car-free day, banning automobiles in more than 40 square miles for most of October 3.

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