The French government plans to stop the sale of new petrol and diesel in 23 year’s time.
France has declared an aggressive goal to stop the business of petrol and diesel cars completely in the nation before 2040 ends.
Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot announced the resolution is part of a string of efforts to kerb climate change; although it has not been confirmed if this has been tackled during the G20 Summit where Trump has reiterated the withdrawal of US from the climate accord.
The nation’s five-year plan was announced a day after Swedish manufacturer Volvo became the first car organisation to vow to stop manufacturing cars powered entirely by the internal combustion engine.
The French maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, PSA Group, stated Hulot’s commitment fits with its own goal of proposing hybrid or electric versions of 80% of its cars by 2023.
But even if France ultimately bans purchases of diesel and petrol vehicles, PSA spokeswoman Laure de Servigny said the group would continue making such cars for foreign investors.
“We are a global player,” she told The Associated Press. “You have to take into account the situation globally.”
Hulot also published proposals for France to stop the generation of power from coal – which is currently 5% of the total – by 2022.
The country further recommends reducing the proportion of its power generation from nuclear energy to 50% by 2025, from the current 75%.
The UK government meanwhile vowed to stop petrol and diesel cars completely by 2050 in the 2017 Conservative Party election announcement, with exceptions assumed to be made for classic cars.