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France set to ban sale of petrol and diesel by 2040

France set to ban sale of petrol and diesel by 2040 July 07, 2017 by Mike Henshaw



On the back of a week where Volvo announced that all new models would be at least
partly electric from 2019, more on the same issue from France..

France's Ecology Minister referred to the ‘revolution’ when discussing the considered changes and possible ban of the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

The climate change challenges are fueling (excuse the pun!) the discussions that see France hope to become carbon neutral by 2050.

There is a long way to go though. Hybrid only shows as 3.5% of the French market and the pure electric cars account for just 1.2%

Like many cities, Paris struggles under a constant smog of exhaust fumes. There are plans in place to make more areas of the city car-free, again supporting the climate challenge objectives.

Landmark statements seem to be coming thick and fast with Volvo saying that all of its new car models would be at least partly electric from 2019.

French car manufacturers including brands such as Peugeot-Citroen and Renault believe they can meet the difficult challenge.
Renault's 'Zoe' electric vehicle range is already one of the most popular in Europe.

Norway, which is the leader in the use of electric cars in Europe, wants to move to electric-only vehicles by 2025, as does the Netherlands. Both Germany and India have proposed similar measures with a target of 2030.

We all knew it was coming, but the pace seems to be accelerating, in a fume-free manner of course!

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