We can’t say we didn’t see this coming, especially in this era of innovative technology.
France will stop selling petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, announced Nicolas Hulot. The ban is meant to promote electric vehicles.
“We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040,” Hulot said, calling it a “veritable revolution”.
Hulot acknowledged that reaching the goal would be “tough”, particularly for automakers, but said that French carmakers Peugeot-Citroen and Renault were well equipped to make the switch.
On Wednesday, Sweden’s Volvo said it planned to phase out production of petrol-only cars from 2019, with all new models to be either electric or hybrids.
India has said it wants all cars sold there to be electric-powered by 2030.
Norway — where electric cars topped the sales charts for the first time last month — aims to end sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2025 and car giant Germany wants to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2020.