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Up to 13 European and North American governments have announced that they will introduce a ban on all petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by year 2050. The news has been widely reported following the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

As part of an ambitious strategy to prevent negative climate change and promote green mobility, a zero-emissions alliance was formed earlier in August 2015. It aimed to speed-up acceptance and adoption of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) around the world – particularly battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles.

The international alliance consists of countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. From the US, several states have individually signed up for the cause. These include, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Canada’s Quebec is also involved.

All of these listed countries and states have agreed to enforce a new law that would ban all petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by year 2050. According to NGT News, a full ban on these vehicles would reduce “more than 1 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, lowering global vehicles emissions by 40%.”

A sum of 35 years stand between now and the implementation of the ZEV alliance’s action plan, which leaves car makers a lot of time to prepare for the change. Question is, will drivers and vehicle owners be ready for this? Tell us what you think in the comments below.