Elon Musk has made a number of predictions about the future in recent years, and this one looks to becoming true.
“In order to have clear air in cities, you have to go electric” – Musk has stated often over the years. It looks like that he was right and now, and its happening faster than most would have expected. More and more big cities in Europe but even in America are limiting driving cars in the city.
While diesel and petrol cars are being banned, electric are still allowed. Consequently, his vision of an all electric car revolution is turning into reality.
New Study Reinforces Cities to Reduce Air Pollution
According to a study by the University of Oxford in 2018, 10,000 people die each year in Europe due to car emissions. Most of these deaths are caused by emissions from diesel cars. Some cities have already taken the first steps to reduce air pollution and create healthier urban air.
The Air of The French Capital Is One Of The Most Polluted in Europe
The air of the French capital is one of the most polluted in Europe. When compared to big European cities, only Moscow is worse. Paris is willing to change it and has decided to ban vehicles manufactured in 1997 or before from the road. The new decision won’t stop there. The local government stated that they will allow only electric cars for certain road sections by 2020. In addition, on the car-free day Sunday (the first Sunday of each month) there can be no car in the city center between 10 AM and 6 PM.
Older Cars Can’t Drive Into The Spanish Capital
From the end of November 2018, gas vehicles manufactured before 2000 and diesel vehicles manufactured before 2006 are banned from driving into the city. Since the regulation was put in place, the traffic dropped by a third on the busiest road section. From 2020, the rules will be even stricter. No gas and diesel cars will be allowed to cross the city border, and if they do, the penalty is €100.
The Norwegians Are Stepping Up to Make The Capital Clean By 2030
The Norwegians are implementing plans to make the capital clean by 2030, and they are planning to ban all cars, – except electric ones. By the end of 2019, combustion based cars will no long be able to drive into the city center, they have already closed 700 parking spaces and created several pedestrian zones. The city mayor’s deputy stated that by 2020, the entire city center will be car free.
Streets in London Are Turned Into Pedestrian Zones
traffic in these areas is highly restricted with the exception of buses, and taxis. From April 2019, drivers, even Uber and cars drivers, have to pay 14,70 pound to dive in the city.
These cities are just some examples but you can see similar restrictions being implemented in Brussels, New York, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and many other cities.