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The End Is Near: EU To Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles In Cities By 2050

Posted in auto industry, Emissions, Environment, News, Politics by Kurt Ernst | March 29th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

What if all gas and diesel cars had to be scrapped? Image: IFCAR

If family history is any indicator, that chance that I’ll still be alive in 2050 is roughly on par with the chance of Charlie Sheen finding Jesus and becoming a Southern Baptist revival preacher. I’m good with that, which is why I try to enjoy the time I’ve got here as much as possible. If the latest rumor out of the EU has merit, it gives me one more reason to consume as much fossil fuel as I can over the next 39 years. Autoblog, via Autoblog.nl, reports that the EU will ban all fossil-fueled vehicles from European cities by 2050. A detailed plan is scheduled to be released later this week, but it allegedly calls for a 50% reduction in fossil fuel vehicle traffic as soon as 2030. In typical EU fashion, I suspect they’ll simply tax gas, diesel and parking to the point where only the rich can afford to drive, while the rest of us are “encouraged” to take mass transit.

Ford is the first automaker to raise objections to the plan, which it describes as “well intentioned” but ineffectual in addressing the actual environmental and congestion issues facing cities in the EU. The automaker suggests dialogue on improving the existing infrastructure in urban areas to better accommodate a changing commuter population. Other automakers will certainly join Ford in voicing their opinion, and in trying to talk sense into the politicians and environmentalists behind the movement. If it gains traction in the EU, don’t expect California to be too far behind; in other words, I wouldn’t recommend that you put off buying that Mustang GT too much longer, especially if you live in Los Angeles.

Source: Autoblog

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7 Responses

  1. chugada says:

    How I love getting a pit in my stomach 30 minutes after I wake up…

  2. Set says:

    So, what about using Biodiesel and Ethanol? Are they exempt, then, because it isn’t fossil fuel? Or will it be purely blind hatred of anything with an internal combustion engine?

  3. Kurt Ernst says:

    Set, it sounds like biodiesel and ethanol would be no-gos (since they still produce CO). If such a measure does pass in the EU, the real question is how long before California embraces the madness.

    If there’s good news to be had, it’s that the ban is proposed for urban areas in the EU only. For now.

  4. Set says:

    How ignorant and short sighted if true. Biodiesel, and to a lesser extent ethanol, are what’s called “carbon neutral”; meaning they absorb as much CO2 making it as they produce. Mind you, hybrids, EVs, and even Fuel Cells are not carbon nuetral. In fact, they are often have a greater carbon footprint than petroleum powered vehicles.

    This whole emission thing is out of hand.

  5. J D Stadler says:

    Damn you, eco-weenies! Stop trying to take away all that is good and right with the world!

  6. Taylor says:

    Maybe if the EU bans fossil fuel cars we can get the lions share of the big 3 Germans cars and technology to ourselves!!!