Paris to ban all petrol cars

The West Australian - - NEWS -

Paris is to ban all petrol-pow­ered ve­hi­cles by 2030 and pro­hibit diesel cars as soon as 2024, send­ing shock waves through Europe’s stunned mo­tor in­dus­try.

The ex­tremely tight timetable pre-empts France’s drive to end sales of the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion engine by 2040 and shows just how quickly the elec­tric-car rev­o­lu­tion is pro­gress­ing.

It also un­der­scores the mount­ing busi­ness risk fac­ing car pro­duc­ers who think petrol and diesel mod­els are here to stay.

“It is a cred­i­ble and sus­tain­able tra­jec­tory,” Green deputy mayor Christophe Na­j­dovskiof said. “We’re plan­ning to press ahead with the end of fos­sil­based ve­hi­cles be­cause quite sim­ply we’re run­ning out of time. The cli­mate can­not wait.”

Mr Na­j­dovski said a 12-year tran­si­tion was am­ple time for the car in­dus­try to ad­just.

“We are try­ing to get ahead of the process. It is per­fectly doable,” he said.

Be­hind the French push is a hard-headed cal­cu­la­tion by pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron that his coun­try has a chance of seiz­ing Euro­pean lead­er­ship in a lu­cra­tive elec­tric-car in­dus­try.

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