Yesterday morning, the city of Brussels made an important announcement. The Belgian capital has made a commitment to ban diesel vehicles from 2030, and gasoline from 2035. An important decision that very few other European cities have not yet taken to date. The calendar chosen by the city of Brussels is not by chance. Most automakers plan to make the real electric turn around the 2030s.

A bet on electricity

After Volvo or even Ford, it was Audi which announced yesterday that it will abandon thermal engines in favor of electric ones from 2033. Rudi Vervoort, the president of the Brussels-Capital region, accompanied by a few ministers, has decided to ‘go into the details of this announcement this Friday morning. Brussels is thus following in the footsteps of Paris, which plans the same measures for 2024, and Lyon for 2026. The United Kingdom plans to take an even bigger step by banning diesel vehicles throughout the country from 2030.

Bruxelles Environnement, the environment and energy administration for the Brussels-Capital Region, believes that diesel and gasoline automobiles represent: “69% of emissions of nitrogen oxides, 35% of emissions of PM10 particles, 30% of emissions of finer particles PM2.5 […] and 30% of total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. ” At the same time, Brussels plans to review taxation to further dissuade drivers from opting for a vehicle that is not suitable for urban mobility.

In addition, in order to reassure new owners who are looking to go electric, Brussels-Capital says it has the ambition to install 11,000 charging stations by 2035. There are currently only 170 stations available on the public highway in this region, not to mention the private stations. Very important, Alain Maron the Belgian Minister of the Environment specifies that 100% of the electricity produced to supply these stations will come from renewable energy sources.