France to end sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040
France is planning to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
France’s new environment minister, Nicolas Hulot made the announcement of his new climate plan at a press conference last Thursday. He said:
“We are announcing the end of the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040.”
Mr Hulot didn’t specify if this would mean an outright ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars and he also didn’t say how such a ban could be implemented.
Questions remain, such as will this ban include hybrid cars?
Whatever the outcome, the French environment minister said the target would impose a “heavy” burden on local carmakers such as French automakers Renault and PSA, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars.
The big French car manufacturers are both partially owned by the state.
Carmakers are already rapidly moving to increase output in electric and hybrid cars in order to respond to growing demand and regulatory pressure.
Volvo just recently said that they too will no longer launch new car models powered only by internal combustion engines by as early as 2019.
Global sales of electric cars were less than 1 per cent of the market last year. But according to IDTechEX, a market researcher who provide independent market research, business intelligence and events on emerging technology to clients in over 80 countries, has reported that pure-electric car sales will increase from 672,000 this year to almost 7m in 2027.
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