French environment minister Nicolas Hulot also wants to halt investment in all petrol, gas and oil projects

France will end the sale of petrol or diesel vehicles between now and 2040, its environment minister Nicolas Hulot has said.

Speaking at a press conference today, Hulot announced the measure as part of a wider plan to halt investment in petrol, diesel and gas projects. The new government wants to make France a carbon neutral country by 2050.

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The government says the first step towards the combustion engine ban will be to offer citizens financial incentives to scrap diesel cars built before 1997 and petrol cars built before 2001. The plan is designed to encourage the purchase of new, lower-emitting models.

France joins other European countries including Germany, the Netherlands and Norway with its planned combustion engine ban. Germany wants to stop the sale of them from 2030, while the latter countries are targeting to implement the ban from 2025. India also intends to stop petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2030.

The British government announced plans to outlaw combustion engine vehicles from our 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 latest announcement comes soon after newly elected president Emmanuel Macron revealed his intentions to make France a leading country in the fight against climate change, saying he wanted to "make the planet great again”.

The comment was a take on US president Donald Trump’s election campaign slogan “Make America great again”, and was made after Trump withdrew the US from the Paris climate accords, a United Nations agreement to tackle climate change.

Macron said his plan would involve supporting private organisations, such as car manufacturers. The PSA Group has already outlined plans to electrify the model ranges of its brands, Citroën, DS and Peugeot, with a new ‘multi-energy’ platform due to reach the market in 2019. 

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6 July 2017
I can see it possible by then for Fossil fuelled Cars will be a minority,but, trying to eliminate all Oil based products......?,France is struggling enough with its own economy and the Brexit effect along with the other troubles they have,to remove Oil products won't help them I feel.

Peter Cavellini.

6 July 2017
...many more nuclear power stations then.
Steam cars are due a revival.

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6 July 2017
"The British government announced plans to outlaw combustion engine vehicles from our roads from 2050, but it would do this by making it impossible for them to pass the MOT test, rather than banning them directly".

What?.....isn't that the same thing? -you can spend your hard earned on it but you can never take it on the road legally!!!!!
What tosh.
I think this is just all rhetoric, no country can predict how possible such sweeping statements/objectives really are in such a short space of time.
I take it classics will be exempt, so in my dotage I will drive around in my dinosaur car!

6 July 2017
Great idea to ban new sales of ICE cars eventually, but surely a total ban on them when theyre a small minority on the roads is overkill ? I mean what about people having fires and BBQs in their garden ? What about wood/coal fires (which actually pollute far more than diesels ? Shouldnt they be banned then also ?

6 July 2017
If all the current cars are replaced by electric ones, we'd probably need 10 Hinkley Point C nuclear plants to charge the car batteries overnight (30 million cars doing 8000 miles a year at 4 miles per KW)

I assume that there would no longer be any coal or gas fired plants because of the CO2, so we'd need additional nuclear/tidal capacity to replace those.

Start buying shares in EDF???

6 July 2017
I dont believe bans are needed or will happen. If non IC cars get good enough and cheap enough they will sell. If they dont, no politician will risk their own career to bring in a ban. Right now picking a date for a ban is just political grandstanding.

6 July 2017
2030, 2040, 2050, whichever year you pick it's a long time in the future. By then most cars will be EV anyway. It won't be necessary to actually ban ICE, very few will be on the road if you have to drive 50 miles to fill it up.

7 July 2017
How is progress on electric lorries going ? This doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere. Will long distance lorry drivers spend most of their time re-charging ?

7 July 2017
racinggreen wrote:

How is progress on electric lorries going ? This doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere. Will long distance lorry drivers spend most of their time re-charging ?

They will likely pull into a motorway station, clip-off their used battery, and clip-on a new fully charged battery. It will take less time than current refuelling.

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