There is the hope that alternative fuel vehicles, possibly electric vehicles will be able to fill the role of today's gasoline-powered car in a much more environmentally-friendly role. It has largely been a guess when that will be.
The European Union has an answer for you: 2050. By that time, Europeans won't be allowed to drive their gasoline cars into cities in an effort to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions. The guideline is part of a "Transportation 2050" master plan, which aims to shift especially medium and long-distance travel to railways. The four main goals of the plan are:
- No more conventionally-fueled cars in cities.
- 40% use of sustainable low carbon fuels in aviation; at least 40% cut in shipping emissions.
- A 50% shift of medium distance intercity passenger and freight journeys from road to rail and waterborne transport.
- All of which will contribute to a 60% cut in transport emissions by the middle of the century.
Europe plans to be supporting its reinvented traffic system with intelligent transport information systems by 2050, which also contribute to much safer traffic conditions. In 40 years, Europe hopes, the fatal accident rate in road traffic will be reduced to close to zero.