Four Major Cities To Ban Diesel Vehicles By 2025

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The discussion on the pollution levels in the environment has been in contention for a while now. This is not just in India, but the world over. Global cities like Paris, Athens, Mexico City, and Madrid will ban diesel powered cars and trucks by 2025.

A commitment was made in Mexico at a biennial meeting of city leaders, mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens have said that they will stop the use of diesel powered cars and trucks by the next decade hoping this implementation will improve the air quality of the cities.

As per World Health Organisation (WHO), there are close to three million deaths every year and this has been linked to outdoor air pollution.

Diesel engines emit particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), and in particular, PM has been responsible for cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses.

The problem has only been increasing in the recent past and banning diesel vehicles might be one way of countering the pollution levels.

The leaders of the cities looking to ban diesel powered vehicles by 2025 said they will give incentives for alternative powered vehicles. Also, they will promote walking and cycling to counter the pollution levels in their cities.

This will only lead to many other cities who will ban diesel-powered vehicles in the future and auto manufacturers are indeed aware of it.

Manufacturers are therefore will look to alternative powered vehicles like electric, hydrogen and hybrids.

Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW already have their programme of electrifying their portfolio of vehicles. And not just electrification, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen-powered vehicles are being developed as well.

Story first published: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:14 [IST]
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