Shortly after France announced its ban on fossil fuel power stations, the country has turned its attention to the motor industry. This time, Emmanuel Macron’s government has proposed a ban on petrol and diesel car sales.
The deadline for this will be 2040. By then, electric cars could be circling the Arc du Triomphe and Paris could be a cleaner city. Throughout most of Europe, electric or hydrogen vehicles could be the norm instead the exception.
Some people might be thinking Macron’s ultimatum is a little far fetched but a lot could happen 23 years from now. Especially with the way we move and how we are moved. Whether in France or near Flamborough Head, driverless taxis could take us to La Tour Eiffel or Hull Paragon station. Today’s electric cars are far removed from the image immortalised by the Sinclair C5.
Not only France, also Sweden.
Prior to Macron's announcement, Volvo have made a similar commitment. From 2019, all Volvo vehicles will be of an electric only or electric hybrid nature. At present, electric vehicles is a niche area. Elon Musk’s Tesla vehicles are well out of reach for a driver on Ford Fiesta wages. The most popular hybrid car is Toyota’s Prius whereas some of Hull’s buses are of the electric hybrid variety. Baby steps at present, but the start of bigger things.
Whether Britons would have a similar sanction in place we don’t know. France’s development could be a step in the right direction.
Mertech Electrical, 7 July 2017.