Posted on December 27, 2017
France Aims to Phase Out Diesel and Petrol Vehicles by 2040 | Mississauga, Brampton
Under the Paris Climate Agreement, international leaders have pledged to hit emissions reduction targets. France is playing their part by prepping to eliminate sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040. French President Emmanuel Macron and his Ecology Minister recently announced the plans, showing their commitment to international climate concerns.
France is currently the leading manufacturer of electric vehicles being sold in Europe, according to AFP reports, although hybrid and electric cars do account for only 3.6 percent of new cars registered in Western Europe in 2016. With the high-level support of government to affect change, we expect to see those sales numbers rocket up.
Licenses for oil and gas exploration within France as well as in its overseas territories will no longer be granted, although President Macron welcomes American climate scientist to come to France to continue their research. France’s announced goal of gasoline- and diesel-free cars came just one day after Volvo announced it would cease making vehicles with conventional engines by 2018, producing instead only all-electric and hybrid vehicles. It remains to be seen what decisions will be made closer to home here in Canada. We predict a growing popularity in the purchase of electric cars in Toronto, Mississauga and Oakville as the GTA embraces this new and climate-friendly alternative to the traditional combustion engine. Time will tell.
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