France will ban the sales of all fossil fuel-powered cars by the year 2040 in a bid to become a carbon neutral country.
There’s no denying that climate change is real and that cars are a big part of the problem. Cars burning fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel produce CO2, and since there are now over a billion cars in the world, conventional vehicles are spewing out a significant portion of the world’s greenhouse gases.
It has to stop, but few countries are willing to take the drastic steps necessary to change the way we drive. However, one country is doing the fearless and courageous thing and banning gas and diesel-powered vehicles outright.
France is currently debating a law that would ban the sale of fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. The law is part of France’s goal to become a completely carbon neutral country by the year 2050,
The proposed legislation was first floated back in 2017 when current French president Emmanuel Macron's term began. There was some doubt as to whether or not the law would be considered during the yellow vest protests in 2018 which saw angry mobs wield slogans and signs that decried the country’s gas prices, carbon tax, and high cost of living. The government went silent on many of their environmental regulations which caused then environmental minister Nicolas Hulot to quit in protest.
However, it seems that France has redoubled its commitment to remove gas-powered cars by 2040. Transportation minister Elizabeth Borne assured French news station BFM that the government will make France a carbon-neutral country by 2050, and conventional vehicles play no part in that plan.
"We have a target for carbon neutrality by 2050 and we need a credible trajectory towards that, which includes a ban on the sale of vehicles that consume fossil fuels by 2040," she said.
However, France is home to both Renault and PSA Groupe, two car companies that have been lagging behind the competition when it comes to alternative fuel source vehicles. The government will also assist local carmakers in converting their fleets to electricity by rolling out a national network of electric charging stations.