France Will Ban The Sale Of Petrol And Diesel Vehicles By 2040

France’s environmental minister, Nicolas Hulot, has announced the country will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.

Announced as part of President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to “make the planet great again,” the move is part of a larger initiative that seeks to make France carbon neutral by 2050.

To help speed the adoption of eco-friendly vehicles, Hulot said “the government will offer each French person a bonus to replace their diesel car dating before 1997 or petrol from before 2001 by a new or second-hand vehicle.” There’s no word on how much the incentive will be but the move should help to encourage citizens to upgrade to a more efficient vehicle.

The Telegraph reports Hulot acknowledged the initiative will be “tough” on automakers but said France’s automotive industry is well equipped to handle the challenge. He also referred Volvo’s plan to electricity every vehicle in its lineup by 2019.

France has a lot of work to do as the report indicates petrol and diesel vehicles made up 95.2 percent of new vehicles sales through the first half of the year. Hybrid vehicles clocked in at 3.5 percent, while electric vehicles were a distant third at 1.2 percent.

Despite the challenges, France joins a growing number of countries which are looking to ban vehicles powered exclusively by petrol or diesel engines.

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  • Ilbirs

    Russians greet this decision announced by the staff of the lowest testosterone count individual ever to be the president of France, as this will increase natural gas deliveries to that country to be converted in electricity to power all these electric cars.

    • Status

      France has a number of nuclear power plants. In fact, the majority of electrical production in France (39%) is nuclear. Natural gas production for electric production isn’t going to happen.

      • Ilbirs

        Are you sure this percentage will remain the same in 2040? If nuclear power increases to meet the demand of millions of electric cars that doesn’t exist nowadays, people will be angry and afraid of accidents. If natural gas raises its percentage, people will still be angry but there’s no risk of contamination.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Fukushima scared the Germans but not the French. Plus, the percentage of renewable energy is rising in France, like elsewhere.

        • Status

          No risk of C02 emissions with nuclear power.

  • roy

    now that seems attainable

  • LeStori

    Anyone who can predict the future in 20 years time must have one huge crystal ball. Whilst it is likely France will go fully non fossil fuel new cars by 2040, there is no guarantee that will be the case. Nothing is certain other than death and taxes and we are working on death.

  • Romanovich

    What can I say only dreams.
    Where they are going to find the raw materials and components for battery for all the cars in France?

    • S3XY

      20 years ago did you think that in the future you’d be able to share your thoughts generated by your brain digitally for other humans to read? Did you think that all humans would stare at their phones every day? Did you think that electric cars would come about and be better in every way than gas cars?

      No you didnt. I didnt either. But it all happened.

  • Six Thousand Times


    • S3XY

      Gasoline will eventually run out, and electric vehicles are better in every way than gasoline cars, so why continue creating cars that operate on gasoline? Why procrastinate? Oh because there’s no need to change right now. Wrong answer. You need to think about the future and not just the present. That is why Elon Musk and Tesla lead the automotive industry with the rEVolution.

      • Six Thousand Times

        How come you keep liking your own comments? So amateur…

  • S3XY

    Sounds great. And the sooner the better.

  • Way too late. That means ICE cars bought until 2040 will still be on the road until about 2060. 2060!!!

  • SteersUright

    I still haven’t heard anything on how countries will cleanly meet the huge increase in demand for electricity.

  • Vassilis


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