Almost two-thirds of urban residents support the ban of sales of new petrol and diesel cars in Europe after 2030, a YouGov online poll commissioned by the European Federation for Transport & Environment in 15 European cities showed Monday.
A total of 10,050 people online were surveyed across some of Europe's 15 largest cities in eight countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the UK.
A Europe-wide phase-out of fossil-fuel car sales is one option for EU lawmakers as they prepare sweeping legislation to achieve a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.
The poll shows that 63% of city dwellers that are the most exposed to toxic levels of air pollution support the sales of only emissions-free cars after 2030.
"Just 29% oppose a phase-out of petrol and diesel car sales by then," the poll revealed.
In all of the 15 cities, there is a consistent majority of between 51% and 77% in support of emission-free car sales after 2030, with support higher among city dwellers that have suffered from Covid-19.
The EU Commission could set an end date for fossil-fuel car sales in June when it is expected it will propose tightening the bloc's CO2 targets for vehicles.
Although several carmakers have reacted by announcing voluntary phase-outs of fossil-fuel car production, an EU deadline is deemed necessary to bring the rest on board.
By Gulsen Cagatay