France to ban gas-powered and diesel cars by 2040

France to ban gas-powered and diesel cars by 2040

France to ban gas-powered and diesel cars by 2040

In a tweet, Minister Nicolas Hulot said, "There will be no new permits for oil and gas exploration, we will vote a law this fall".

The move will create a seismic shift in buyer patterns with EVs making up only 1.2 percent of France's new vehicle market, and hybrid cars accounting for 3.5 percent based on current figures.

Hulot insisted that the decision was a question of public health policy and "a way to fight against air pollution".

Hulot also revealed France's plan to become a carbon neutral country by 2050. He called it a "veritable revolution". Cars that use alternative means of energy such as electricity make up 5% of the total vehicle market in France at the moment.

Now in France, only 1.2 percent of new vehicles are electric.

Nicolas Hulot has been an environmental campaigner, who ventured into politics few years ago. This was the reason why President Macron chose him to take up the position. Macron has urged the President of the United States to make our planet great again.

France to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars by 2020
France to ban gas-powered and diesel cars by 2040

The British government announced plans to outlaw combustion engine vehicles from its roads from 2050, but it would do this by making it impossible for them to pass the MOT test, rather than banning them directly.

France's gasoline ban plan includes incentives for the country's drivers to scrap gasoline cars built before 2001 and diesels predating 1997 in favour of clean alternatives, along with a bonus to make that transition easier for poorer households.

According to Agence-France Press, Swedish automaker Volvo announced Wednesday that after 2019, it will only make electric and hybrid vehicles.

Macron said his plan would involve supporting private organisations, such as vehicle manufacturers.

The plan to ban sales of all gasoline and diesel cars by 2040 would definitely be affecting France's automotive industry.

The government appears to be betting that vehicle makers - and more specifically, domestic producers Peugeot Citroen (PSA) and Renault - can accelerate their provision of alternative fuels to the mass market in just under a quarter of a century. It is important to note that it will be hard.

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