European Union May Ban Gas Fueled Cars in Cities by 2050

by , 03/29/11

European Commission, Siim Kallas, green transportation, electric car, carbon emissions car, electric plane, Association of British Drivers, renewable fuel

An ambitious new proposal in the European Union calls for the elimination of fossil fuel-burning vehicles in cities by the year 2050. The radical plan, proposed by the European Commission, would prohibit gasoline and diesel fueled cars in an attempt to reduce Europe’s carbon footprint. The proposal, “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area,” explains the steps to transform a gas guzzling transport system into a cleaner, emission-free one.

European Commission, Siim Kallas, green transportation, electric car, carbon emissions car, electric plane, Association of British Drivers, renewable fuel

Announced by commissioner Siim Kallas, the plan takes a few factors into consideration. It realistically assesses the world’s over-usage and dependency on oil as fuel, while calling attention to the pollution and carbon emissions caused by traffic congestion. The plan also calls for a “transport area” which would create a unified transportation infrastructure that would span the entire continent. This would drastically reduce carbon emissions, and confine them to specific areas.

The plan also targets airplane emissions with a proposed ban on flights under 186 miles. Travelers would be encouraged to use trains and buses instead.

However many international business and residents see the plan as unrealistic and archaic. The Association of British Drivers feels the plan would bring Europe back into the “Dark Ages,” not due to the ban on fossil fuels, but because of the limitations on travel.

The other deterrent is the cost. An investment of over $2 trillion dollars would be necessary to make Kallas’ plan a reality in the next 40 years. Unfortunately, signs indicate that the dependence and usage of fossil fuels will only increase in the coming 40 years, further damaging the environment and depleting the earth’s sources of said fuel. Although seemingly premature, elements of the European Commission’s plan will be inevitable as fossil fuels are used up.

+ Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area

Via Treehugger

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  1. caeman April 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    More than battery, I think the future should be headed toward hydrogen. If all cars ran on hydrogen, then all of those alternative sources for electricity hydrogen production. We already have the industrial means of production to use hydrogen. Batteries are just to dangerous for the environment (lithium and lead poisoning, anyone?) and China has a lock on the most easily mine-able rare earth elements that go into those batteries. The price of batteries will sky rocket when only china can build them.

  2. chris offspring April 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    @lazyreader who is on his own this time? and why exactly? what has less pollution in cities to do with fascism?

  3. OgreMkV April 4, 2011 at 12:03 am

    It doesn’t matter, by 2050, gas in Europe will be about 135Euros per Liter anyway. Gas vehicles will simply become so uneconomical that it won’t matter if they are banned or not.

  4. lazyreader March 30, 2011 at 7:52 am

    And to think 70 years ago, hundreds of thousands of Americans died in Europe fighting against fascism. Sorry your on your own this time.

  5. caeman March 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    This would effectively mean banning gas and diesel cars, period, in europe. What market will be left for gas/diesel cars when the owners could never drive into their local city?

    I am an optimist, but I don’t think the world will be able to go all-electric cars, especially with China keeping a strangle-hold on rare earth minerals necessary for batteries.

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