Several European countries have already announced an end date for the sale of gas and diesel vehicles, but China’s intention to do the same is a big deal. It will force automakers to sell more electric vehicles (EVs) through a rising quota beginning in 2019. But is simply shifting from our current vehicles to electric ones enough?
There’s a growing recognition, particularly in European cities, but also in some of North America’s largest metro areas, that car usage must be reduced significantly. In order to do this, massive investments are being made in public transit and cycling infrastructure to entice people to make the choice to switch, but in some cases they must also be pushed. Several European cities are taking away parking and reduce space for vehicles in order to send a clear message about the future of mobility in their cities.
However, Europe isn’t the only place of interest. California, a place known for its car culture, is making big investments in expanding local rail networks, building North America’s first high-speed rail system, and is trying to make it easier for people to use alternative modes of transit. Typically when people think of a transit-reliant US city, they think of New York. But will Los Angeles come to rival it in the near future?