France is going bold with its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The country’s environment minister announced this week that the nation will ban all gasoline and diesel run vehicles by 2040. This is all part of the country’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.
This news comes right on the heels of Volvo’s announcement to completely eliminate combustion-only cars from its fleet by 2019. If this trend spreads to more automakers and nations around the world, we will see a massive boom in the electric car segment of the industry.
Elon Musk is probably happy.
The French government will have a plan in place to help lower income families exchange their cars for clean alternatives. They’ll receive a premium to make the change.
France isn’t the first to announce a goal like this. Netherlands, Norway, Germany and India all have similar plans to ban combustion powered cars by 2025 to 2030.
As an aside, Editor-in-Chief Sean Aune and I were chatting a bit about this news in our company Slack. He mentioned a point that I hadn’t even considered when reading the news. What does this mean for the muscle car enthusiasts of the world? If combustion engines are outright banned, does that whole slice of automobile history turn into nothing but burnout marks on the past?
Sort of an odd footnote to a massive story, isn’t it?