Paris to ban all petrol cars
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.