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France Wants To Ban Gas And Diesel Cars By 2040

By Brian Spaen

France is making a strong statement on the use of traditional vehicles in the future. The country is planning to put a ban on all diesel and gas vehicles by 2040, becoming the fifth country to announce an ambitious goal. It’s all part of a process to make the entire country carbon neutral by 2050.

Environmental minister Nicolas Hulot announced that and other measures France will be taking at a press conference on Thursday. The country also plans to stop using fossil fuels by 2022 under a five-year plan. Nearly 4 billion euros (over $4.5 billion US) will be used to upgrade renewable energy efficiency.

Paris could be seeing a ban on traditional vehicles much sooner. Mayor Anne Hidalgo wanted to eliminate use of diesel cars in France’s capital since 2015, setting a year of 2020 as a goal. France has the most vehicles running on diesel in Europe due to it being cheaper than petrol, but there’s been discounts and rewards given to those who opt for an alternative.