Petrolheads in mourning — France banning fossil-fuelled cars

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 by

New government in France pledges to ban all petrol and diesel engines by the year 2040 in an effort to meet demands of the Paris climate agreement of 2016.

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France has announced a ban on all petrol and diesel engines by 2040 as the nation’s newly elected president Emmanuel Macron pledges efforts towards a greener planet.

The country’s minister of ecology, Nicolas Hulot, made the announcement last week a day after Swedish carmaker Volvo declared all its cars will feature electrified powertrains from 2019. Hulot said the move was driven by a desire for cleaner air.

The shock announcement could only be the first of many, as there are plans by the Netherlands and Norway (where EV market share is already nearing 20 percent and where zero-emissions vehicles can charge for free in city centers) to make similar bans on petrol and diesel vehicles by the year 2025. These might be countries with a cumulated population of only 22 million people, but when you consider France’s current population of nearly 70 million, as well as plans by Germany (pop. 81 million) and India (pop. 1.3 billion) to follow with their own bans on internal-combustion engines, the effects will be enormous on the auto industry.

Hulot further pledged to make France carbon neutral by 2050, and announced incentives for French citizens in the form of bonuses if they replace their old cars with electric vehicles.

Currently French carmaker Renault is the 10th largest in the world with 2.7 million sales in 2016, with the Peugeot-Citroën Group (PSA) in eighth spot with 2.9 million sales last year. They are well placed to meet the French government’s demands. Together with its sister-company Nissan, the wider Renault group extended its EV record in 2016 posting just short of 425,000 sales. PSA meanwhile has promised 11 new electrified Citroën, Peugeot and DS models by the year 2021, four of which will be all-electric vehicles powered by zero-emissions motors with a quoted range of 450km on a single charge.

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