Several major European cities are banning diesel vehicles.
Banning diesel vehicles is a direct result of their public commitment.
These cities all experience a high amount of air. In fact, many European cities face major pollution problems. Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, spoke out on the ban saying the city will “no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes.”
America does not have a tremendous amount of diesel cars driving roads on a regular basis as European countries do. Fuel prices are much higher in Europe compared to the United States.
Diesel engines burn fuel more efficiently which makes diesel vehicles ideal for European cities financially.
In the United States, gas costs are between 60 and 64 cents per liter. In France, prices of gas typically range from $1.30 to $1.50. However, European cities are starting to believe that you cannot put a price on the damage that diesel engines cause. Although diesel engines burn more efficiently, they produce a massive amount of soot and nitrogen oxides, resulting in poor air quality. Many European car manufacturers have attempted to make a “clean” diesel car but have not succeeded. As a result, cities are simply banning cars that use diesel fuel.
Many European leaders believe that this will not only improve the air quality of the cities, but have a positive impact on climate overall.
This ban will likely encourage people to start investing in electric cars instead which is the ideal.