Cities and governments worldwide are trying many different ways to combat air pollution. For example, a few cities are imposing driving bans of different kinds. These range from the driving ban on diesel-powered buses and trucks in Copenhagen to the completely car-free Sunday in Bogotá. However, restrictions are not a long-term solution in their own right. What we need are alternatives to private transport powered by internal combustion engines. Electromobility is an important approach to finding a solution. After all, an electric drive does not emit any exhaust gas while driving – regardless of whether it is on board a purely electric car or in a hybrid electric vehicle. The coming generation of hybrid electric vehicles can cover longer distances under purely electric power than has been possible to date. The internal combustion engine is intended to be a pragmatic auxiliary form of propulsion for long journeys. Needless to say, electric drives are also an interesting option to cut the emissions of city buses, delivery trucks, and even construction site vehicles in a sustainable manner.
At the same time, these pioneering city fathers are committing to well-developed infrastructures in their fight to improve air quality. They are linking mass transit to the provision of solutions for micro-mobility and mobility as a service. One example is Copenhagen with its well-developed network of paths for bicycles and e-bikes. Now, almost half of commuters in the city center of Copenhagen are on two wheels.