France Ponders Banning All Fossil Fuel Powered Vehicles by 2040

August 11, 2017

A growing movement to force the extinction of vehicles running on fossil fuels has a new supporter: France. On Thursday, July 6, Nicolas Hulot, the ecology minister of France, revealed that his country was considering banning the sale of all gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040. Banning all fossil-fuel-powered vehicles is part of France’s ambitious new environmental goals.

Unlike countries such as Norway, France does not have a bottomless sovereign wealth fund that it can use to transition to cleaner, renewable energy. However, what works in the country’s favor is that it has a sizeable stake in both Renault and PSA, the owners of Citroen and Peugeot. So, France can put considerable pressure on some of the world’s largest auto manufacturers to help accelerate the process.

Apart from having an impact on the environment, fossil-fuel-powered vehicles increase the burden on your wallet. Compared to electric cars, gasoline and diesel powered cars have a much higher running cost. The good news is that you can easily switch to environment-friendly, low mileage Japanese engines with car engine replacement. You can get these replacement engines from an engine supplier that offers a variety of engines including Japanese replacement engines, Japanese engines for sale, used engines for sale, used Japanese motors, used transmissions for sale and many more.

Coming back to the topic at hand, immediately after Hulot made the announcement, the current government of France was praised by environmentalist worldwide for going further than previous French administrations. The announcement by France’s ecology minister came only a day after Volvo made a commitment to phase out gas-only vehicle production by 2019. In addition to France, Germany and the Netherlands are also considering banning fossil-fuel-powered vehicles.

There was no immediate reaction from Renault and the PSA group, France’s two major carmakers, to the statement by the French government. One of the first manufacturers of battery-powered cars, Renault started selling the environmental-friendly cars in 2011. While electric cars are nowhere near gasoline and diesel cars in terms of sales, they are growing fast. In the first six months of 2017, Renault sold 17,000 of its battery-powered Zoe compact cars, almost as many as in all of 2016.

According to an Electric Vehicle Outlook (EVO) report, by the year 2040, electric vehicles will make up 54% of all light-duty vehicle sales. But since the report was released before Hulot’s announcement, you can expect the actual numbers to be higher than that.







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