Electric cars are not only good for the environment, but are alluring when it comes to saving money on gas and diesel expenses. Still, France is seriously considering the elimination of gas and diesel cars by 2040, with the goal of turning carbon neutral when 2050 hits. This all according to Nicolas Hulot, the country’s Ecology Minister. The idea is part of a greater plan where approximately 23 varying policy proposals have been created to battle the issue of climate change.
Still, while these climate-change policy proposals are sure to gain a lot of attention, there is not many more details released about them. The Ecology Minister did not confirm whether the country would ban sales of gas and diesel cars or even if a ban of this nature is possible. There’s also that small issue around extended-range EVs and hybrids and where these would lie, as they still need gas engines; should a ban like this be placed in effect.
To boot, while 2040 is some ways away, that time is needed to iron out logistics when it comes to the policy. As per reports, gas and diesel vehicles currently make up approximately 95% of the new-car sector in the country right now, while electric vehicles stand at a mere 1.2%.
During his announcement, Hulot referred to a decision Volvo recently make around electrifying the company’s new-car fleet with a deadline of 2019. Still, the company is referring to electrification, which would not involve taking out a gas engine.
MSN reported that a large portion of Volvo’s future cars will most likely encompass plug-in hybrid powertrains or 48-volt mild hybrid; with both vehicles requiring gas engines. Therefore, the company’s vehicles prior to that 2019 deadline will still be going on that traditional hydrocarbon that France is looking to eliminate.
For the most part, the idea around the policy change is an honorable one. If the country – and planet for that matter – can find effective ways to decrease carbon-dioxide then public support is must. Still, additional details around these proposals are a must as well, in order to get the public on board with these ideas.