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France to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040

Thursday 06 July 2017, By Autovolo

France to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040

France to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040

France’s new environment minister has announced all petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned by 2040.

Nicolas Hulot, a former wildlife TV presenter, told a press conference that “the end of the sale of petrol or petrol-powered vehicles” would happen “between now and 2040”.

He also said the ban would extend to any “new project to use petrol, gas or coal”, as well as shale oil.

The move comes as part of newly elected president Emmanuel Macron’s goal of the nation becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.

Hulot acknowledged it would be a “tough” target to achieve, particularly for car manufacturers, but described the move as a “veritable revolution”. A green car incentive will be introduced to help French citizens make the switch.

He said: “The government will offer each French person a bonus to replace their diesel car dating before 1997 or petrol from before 2001 with a new or second-hand vehicle.”

Volvo announced yesterday that it wouldn’t introduce any new models without an element of electrification from 2019 and Hulot highlighted this as evidence of a shifting attitude in the industry.

However, getting a whole nation to convert to fully electric vehicles in about 20 years would be a huge challenge. It’s also not immediately clear from Hulot’s comments whether hybrid vehicles – which use a combination of an electric motor and a traditional internal combustion engine – would also be banned.

France is one of a handful of countries trying to cut down on fossil fuel powered cars on the road. Germany and India want to remove any vehicles that run purely on petrol or diesel by 2030, with the Netherlands and Norway aiming to do so by 2025.