France promises to abandon cars with internal combustion engines by 2040

Mthe Ministers of the environment Nicolas Hulot said that France will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. Announced as part of President Emmanuel Macron “again to make the world great” this step is part of a larger initiative to neutralise carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of France by 2050.

Hulot warned that the initiative will be “hard” for manufacturers (Renault, Peugeot and Citroen — partly owned by the government), but said the auto industry France is well prepared to solve this problem.

“The government will offer every Frenchman bonus to replace your diesel car manufactured before 1997 or diesel up to 2001, new or slightly used car” — said the Minister.

For the first half of this year, gasoline and diesel vehicles have accounted for 95.2 percent of new car sales. The share of hybrids had 3.5 percent, while electric vehicles came in third place with 1.2 percent.

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