It may all just be words for now, but to date nine countries, a handful of cities and various “states” have pledged to ban vehicles using internal combustion engines. It should come as almost no surprise, considering our current administration, that almost all of those pledges are coming from Europe. Over the past two years Norway, France, The United Kingdom and Denmark have all made independent pledges, setting dates sometime between 2025 and 2050. At the city level, Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City are pushing for local bans by 2025.
While this might seem like a drop in the bucket, there are smaller efforts that are headed int he right direction, more specifically focused on getting rid of older, less efficient or specifically dirty burning diesel cars. For the purpose of this article its unnecessary to go into the specifics for each town but throw in to the mix Berlin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Rome, Brussels, Milan and many others and its easy to see that in the coming decades, hopefully we will see a real push to end our reliance on fossil fuels to power our vehicles and clean up our transportation infrastructure.