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Fossil fuel powered cars to be history by 2050

Alternative-powered vehicles are slowly breaking into the mainstream, and by 2050 there should be nothing but non-fossil fuel powered cars should the EU manage to impose its Transport 2050 Roadmap.

The white paper, leaked last week to the media, calls for the ban of all cars that use fossil fuels by 2050. Though the EU can’t exactly force carmakers from producing internal combustion vehicles, or consumers from buying them, it can force them out of its cities. By 2030 it hopes to have a 50% of diesel and petrol powered cars out of major cities, and to ban them by 2050.

’The widely held belief that you need to cut mobility to fight climate change is simply not true,’ were the words of European Commission vice-president Siim Kallas.

’Competitive transport systems are vital for Europe's ability to compete in the world, for economic growth, job creation and for peoples' everyday quality of life. Curbing mobility is not an option - neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system's dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be win-win.’

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