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

France is the leading manufacturer of electric vehicles sold in Europe, according to the Agence France-Presse, though hybrid and electric cars accounted for only 3.6 percent of new cars registered in Western Europe in 2016. Current owners of diesel cars will be allowed to continue to drive their vehicles in the city, the reports have suggested.

Many Parisians don't own a auto, yet Hidalgo has angered many of them with her efforts to make Paris a greener city, notably by adding cycling paths along the Seine River, which has slowed vehicle traffic.

In the United States, Bloomberg New Energy Finance projected that sales of electric vehicles would overtake those of cars with traditional internal combustion engines within 20 years.

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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. A year later, however, the agency measuring air pollution said the move had no significant impact on residents' exposure to carbon emissions citywide.

Paris's deputy mayor, Christophe Najdovski, told French broadcaster France Info that the mayor's office is planning to ban all combustion-engine cars on the French capital's streets by 2030.

The city's efforts to cut carbon emissions from cars follow a rise in air pollution, with the air quality reaching an "alert threshold" previous year according to the pollution-monitoring group Airparif. Paris officials have taken to making public transportation free on days when pollution levels are especially high. Parts of the city have "no-car zones", and the city even hosts an entire day when cars aren't permitted within the 40-square-mile area that Paris covers.

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"We are changing the model of mobility".

However, the city has countered speculation of a ban on either petrol or diesel, stating: "No measure of prohibition or sanction is included in the new Plan Climat √Čnergie Territorial de Paris".

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