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France to end petrol auto sales by 2040

France to end petrol auto sales by 2040

France's environmental minister Nicolas Hulot announced Thursday the country would end "the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040".

The British government announced plans to outlaw combustion engine vehicles from our roads from 2050, but it would do this by making it impossible for them to pass the MOT test, rather than banning them directly.

Hulot's plan to phase out sales of these cars isn't a done-deal, however. From then on, every auto produced by the company would either be all-electric or hybrid.

It comes following the announcement of a five-year-plan to encourage clean energy and fulfil the country's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

France is by no means the only country aiming to ban combustion-powered cars in some form.

France has Europe's second-largest vehicle industry.

The allure of electric vehicles may cause some owners to switch over to tailpipe-emission-free driving, but France is seriously considering forcing hands, instead.

Later this week, electric auto company Tesla says its latest vehicle, the Model 3, will begin to roll off the production line. The Netherlands and Norway wish to do so by 2025. Perhaps one of the most dramatic is to totally ban by 2040all vehicles that run on diesel and petrol.

France's target might seem modest in comparison, but in a country where electric vehicles make up only 1.2 percent of the market (hybrid cars comprise 3.5 percent), the shift will likely have an outsized impact. Both Germany and India have proposed similar measures with a target of 2030. Greenpeace welcomed Hulot's announcement but also offered criticism.

Others were far more effusive in their praise. "It places France among the leaders of climate action in the world", he told France Inter radio.

The plans, which require parliamentary approval, are undertaken, Hulot said, "to demonstrate that fighting against climate change can lead to an improvement of French people's daily lives".

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