France wants to stop selling fossil fuel cars by 2040

France wants to stop selling fossil fuel cars by 2040
France has pretty ambitious plans in just 22 years France wants to stop selling fossil fuel cars inside the country. This probably applies only to newly produced cars that run on fossil fuels, the only legal ones will be the electric cars.

This move tells me a lot about the direction the world is heading in the next 10 to 20 years. The trend is pretty simple, completely transition from a fossil fuel-based world to a more clean one using only electric cars.

Although I'm pretty convinced about all the benefits electric cars bring to the table, I'm not yet convinced on their practicability, especially for the full-blown electric cars. I don't really want and need top performance, I just need a standard car that is safe and can take me from point A to point B in a fashionable timeline. Electric car manufacturers claim a full-blown electric car can deliver all that, but looking at the autonomy I don't think that is the case just yet.

Sure for a city car, having only a car electric cars maybe be your best choice, but if you plan or need to go out of the city you will need a second car, a fossil fuel one. Petrol and diesel had perfected along the years, their time isn't really up to if you ask me, electric cars still have a lot to prove until the masses will be convinced that is safe to transition.

Another issue with electric cars is the acquisition price, electric cars are very expensive and although the maintenance price will be low as well as the price of the "fuel" itself, I wonder how much those batteries will last and if it will worth changing them when the time comes as well as the price of implementing such an endeavour.

Until enough people around me buy them and until electric cars, manufacturing can solve some of my main concerns I won't buy a fully electric car. I'm ready for a hybrid but not an all electric car.



I agree

This is a new day and age and I feel that it is time for new and innovative ideas I can men friends for coming up with new ways to fuel transportation. I mean we all know that there are so many different ways that you can go about to fuel cars and vehicles in general so why just stick to one old way that is harming the atmosphere?
Posted by tinkerlove on 07-13-2017

Too little, too late.

Personally I think this is a monumentally great step in the right direction. If it were up to me, cars that run on fossil fuels would have been phased out years ago, but alas that isn't how neither technology nor capitalism work. In my opinion, fossil fuels were supposed to be a stepping stone in innovation rather than us becoming anchored to them the way we have been. We can thank the greedy tycoons in the oil industry for that. It simply isn't logical to keep polluting the Earth and depending on a finite resource, when there are ways to obtain energy that are both clean and abundant. We'd be here sooner if human greed wasn't there to hinder progress.
Posted by Denis_P on 07-11-2017

I am still driving a fuel car also

I live in the States and I am still driving a fuel car as well. A fuel efficiency one, but I will not transfer to electric until its more out there. Most brands are still fairly new or the ones that are out there.. now have to change their batteries and that alone is very expensive.
Posted by simplym on 07-14-2017

I agree!

Good for them, France is a developed country that does all it can for the safety of its citizens. This time the goal they chose is a bit high and will be hard to achieve because there are companies that want to sell oil and gas.....they will file bankruptcy if France will have only electrical cars! I wonder if these big companies will stay away?
Posted by wallet on 07-11-2017

it's enough

23 years to do such a big change in a relatively big country is more than enough. People should invest in electric cars which are getting more popular. Soon we will also have autonomous cars which will reduce the traffic. Electric cars will become cheaper and have more charging stations soon so your fears will vanish.
Posted by reginafalange on 07-12-2017

Provisionally Acceptable

This is a bold move by a country known for bold moves. I applaud their courage and outright ethical integrity in taking personal responsibility for their share of the anthropocentric global climate change problem. But I am not convinced this is entirely feasible. What stands in the way is infrastructure. The hybrid vehicles are very robust technology at this point and coming down in price as one would expect a mature technology to do. Fully electric vehicles, too, are making progress at a fast enough a clip I think it's actually conservative to say they'll make up a significant amount of overall traffic by the end of the next 15 years. But who pays for the nation-wide implementation of electrical stations? Saying "we're going to have them" isn't the same thing as having the socialized money in hand, or even worse, getting private companies to invest in infrastructural projects of this size. The payment structure and impact on the electrical grid is of principal concern as well. If new plants have to be opened to compensate for the increased stress I'm not sure their time frame is all that reasonable. The devil is absolutely in the details here so we're going to have to hear more about the nuts and bolts before I can go all-in with this. But my ears and mind are open, and I enter the discussion with a hopeful attitude.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-11-2017

I support the rise of electric vehicles.

This is a decent way to motivate car manufactures to offer all electric vehicles (EV's). Want to sell cars in France? You better get with the program. The biggest things people usually have against EV's is their cost, range, and rate of charge. While it's true that EV's cost more to buy, their maintenance costs are much lower compared to a internal combustion engine (ICE). In addition the price of the battery is the only reason why they cost so much now. If more people buy EV's the price of battery will come down due to the economics of scale. This ban will help increase the sales of EV's and will hopefully decrease battery prices for EV's. Range is being worked on with this new generation of EV's. We have Tesla with several models with 200+ miles, the Chevy Bolt just came out with 200+ miles. BMW and Nissan are both rumored to come out with new EV's with over 200+ miles of range by the end of 2017/2018. The charging rate of EV's is only an issue for long distance traveling. And even then the charging rate for modern EV's is increasing at a rapid pace with Tesla leading the way a 80+% charge in under 30 minuets.
Posted by fireball916 on 07-14-2017

I agree

I think that fossil fuel cars should have been replaced a long time ago. Technology has been avaliable to do so for a long time now but being avaliable is one thing and being able to implement it is another.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-02-2017

Ban them!

This is wonderful news and doing it by 2040 doesn't seem too difficult. Fossil fuel cars have no future and everybody knows it. We have to accept this fact and do everything to make the world a cleaner place. I hope more countries ban fuel cars and try to minimise global warming.
Posted by felabruno on 08-25-2017

Green Energy

Fossil fuel plays a bigger role in destroying our environment, facing fossil fuel vehicles out and replacing them with the electric cars, that is a wise and better way to do it. In the news, I found out that China is planning to ban all cars that use fossil fuels
Posted by williamk on 09-12-2017

not there yet, but hopefully close

I think technology is not there yet, but if the plan is all the way up to 2040 then I'm more inclined to deem it as realistic. Even today some European countries are seeing great success in convincing their citizens to go with electric cars so it's not that far off from being doable, in my opinion. It will just take time and I think 2040 sounds like a good goal to get this done.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-03-2018



Has anyone really thought this through?

The UK has jumped on this gloriously green bandwagon too now.

It’s a great idea, but has anybody actually thought about how this is going to work.

For example, I live in a flat. Am I going to be able to dangle a cable out of my fourth storey window to recharge my car?

I park my car on the road. Will I be allowed to dangle my cable across the pavement to recharge my car?

If I drive my electric car from London to Edinburgh to visit my granny, will she let me plug it into her mains supply to charge up my batteries and get home again? I don’t think so!

At the moment, if I miscalculate and run out of petrol, I can walk to a petrol station and buy a gallon of petrol in a can. If I run out of electricity in my electric car, what do I do?

If I am a car owner, but don’t have a lot of money, can I recharge my electric car battery with just five pounds of juice to get me home?

How is all this new demand for electricity going to be met? New oil and gas fired power stations, or shall we go nuclear?

Filling up my petrol car takes me about five minutes. Filling up my lovely clean, green electric car will take, even on a fast charge, half an hour. You think the queues at filling stations are annoying now?

I really would love to know how we are going to solve all these, and more, issues in just 23 years.

Posted by Artois52 on 07-31-2017

Electric isn't always green.

Unless the electricity is generated via wind or solar, how do we know it just isn't also coming from fossil fuels? In that case, there was nothing gained in the situation! Anyway, of course, I think moving away from fossil fuels is what to do, but I'm wondering about the details.
Posted by jyy on 07-13-2018


This is a direct assault to the oil industry. I can't imagine how the Arabs would react to this declaration. Although the timeframe is still too far, the effect can already be felt, at least in theory. Personally, I like that to happen because I am too concerned with the environment especially now that the weather is getting to be unpredictable, we really don't know where the world is going to. I'm praying that our planet will not self-destruct due to the excessive pollution it is receiving from us.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-11-2017
2040? I think 20 years ahead is too late. You need to do something about it right now. As you can see less people are making use of the cycle and other ways. So you can see it'd be better if people use the cars less and make more walks. You may notice that this way people can reduce their weight. And also people can stay healthy too. I have found that people who try this approach are more likely to be healthy. France needs to work on it now.
Posted by overcast on 07-11-2017
I guess that's a huge step for France and the time frame is well planned. Setting the change up until 2040 helps the government prepare everything that they need for the change. Alsothat time frame allows the people to gradually adapt with the change, not everyone has the resources with the sudden change. I guess France is targeting to be the world's largest producer of e-cars...
Posted by Neiltarquin on 07-11-2017
There is a lot of possibility with that ambition to stop selling fuel by 2040. France is home to one of the largest oil and gas exploration and production company in the world. I once read a newsletter from Total that clearly stated plans on ground to make the shift to alternative sources of energy a reality. It will be a welcomed development to have more electric cars on the streets ,but I think it's more difficult to achieve than we read on papers. Fossil fuel has been with us for quite a long time and it is neated into the fibres of our day to day activities. I look forward to seeing this reality.
Posted by Xperienced on 07-11-2017
I think having cars with alternative sources for their operation is a giant step forward. There are other countries who have the same goal, but with a shorter time frame. I don't think electric cars should be the only alternative, though I feel we should do away with fuel. I can kind of see where a lot of issues could come from electric cars as being completely reliable. We should do something about our transportation and use of fuel and we should do it soon.
Posted by freebird37 on 07-11-2017
I am not sure it will be possible to entirely phase out Fossil fuels by 2040 but that is more than 20 years from now so it might happen. We might also be in the middle of an ice age by then.
Posted by kgord on 07-11-2017
wow, that's a great news. If France is able to phase out fossil fuel cars, I hope other countries will also copy France's step to protect the environment. By using fossil fuel in the rapidly developing world, we are consuming the resources. We need to save fossil fuel for the future generation.
Posted by vinaya on 07-12-2017
that's good news Volvo is also trying to go all electric in the next few years, it's good to see companies making changes that will help the planet, and not harm the earth. And as a vegan I'm well aware of the dangers of fossil fuel, hopefully other countries will catch on as well, and hopefully before 2040.
Posted by kamar19 on 07-12-2017
This is good news and at least France is seeking to protect the environment and the citizens of their country. Putting the people first unlike some other leader who may be only thinking about making money to the possible detriment of the citizens of their country.
Posted by explorerx7 on 07-12-2017
Hmm, I think this is a fabulous question to ponder and one that though I have debated myself for quite some time, I have not yet made the decision on where I stand on it. On one hand, I love anything we can do to help the environment and help our planet. Goodness knows that if we don't start stepping up more to take care of our planet, well, we can't expect it to last forever at the rate we use resources. On the other hand, I'm not sure about how well electric cars work. I admittedly haven't researched them much. I did drive one once, it's what I was given as a rental, and I must admit it was rather fun to drive. In the end, I think France is at least making good efforts to take care of our planet.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-06-2017
Hmm, I think this is a fabulous question to ponder and one that though I have debated myself for quite some time, I have not yet made the decision on where I stand on it. On one hand, I love anything we can do to help the environment and help our planet. Goodness knows that if we don't start stepping up more to take care of our planet, well, we can't expect it to last forever at the rate we use resources. On the other hand, I'm not sure about how well electric cars work. I admittedly haven't researched them much. I did drive one once, it's what I was given as a rental, and I must admit it was rather fun to drive. In the end, I think France is at least making good efforts to take care of our planet.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-06-2017
I think that selling of electric cars by France in the year 2040 should be welcome development. If fossil fuel cars are finally stopped it will finally help to reduce the rate at which pollution is being generated into the environment and the atmosphere as result of using fuel cars for several years. Lets all accept it so that we can continue to move forward.
Posted by babyright on 08-18-2017
It will be a revolutionary progress! If they start such thing, other countries will follow the same thing. They are best example for everyone, abandoning more than century ago technology, should be renovate by now. I think Germany would do the same, because they are the same progress; with France's technological level. Also, china will follow, because this giant country is a develop country. I am much more excited to their actual implementation. It will reduce carbon emission around the world, if everybody would do, the same thing.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-27-2017
It would be a shame if the whole world stop fossil fuel cars by 2040, not just France, I think It's feasible for them because of French openness toward environmental issues.
Posted by joey98 on 09-15-2017
I say power to them. I think other nations should also follow the lead. In fact, I wish they'd do something serious like this now. However, though, remember that electric cars that aren't run on water, nuclear, or solar power would still use fossil fuels, only indirectly. For example, a lot of electric power comes from the burning of coal.
Posted by jyy on 09-27-2017
I think electric cars are a great idea in theory. But most countries will never give up their cars that run on gas or fuel. Especially because some cultures are built around good-looking automobiles. When people are doing well in life, their first purchase is usually an expensive luxury car. Those don't run on electricity most of the time. When the high-end car market goes 'green', that's when the tide will realy turn.
Posted by NickJ on 12-24-2017
Well,I don't see electric car working in my country for now with our poor power and erratic power supply it might not easily work for us but it will be a great idea since you are trying to save the environment especially from carbon monoxide that is always emitted into the environment which is detrimental to the human's health which is very important.Apart from the fact that it will be expensive and have the battery last long might be a bit of a problem,I believe it a great idea to have electric cars.
Posted by lovely on 02-21-2018
A noble move, but not very practical. They are still some people that don't believe global warming exists.How do you convince them to buy an electric car? Also considering how expensive they are?Unless the government can subsidize them. I'm not sure how the public transport system is in France. If it's not that great it's not fair to force people to spend so much money on an electric car. Time will tell but I don't think this is a practical system.
Posted by jaymish on 03-15-2018
That will be some big strike on fuel industry for sure. However, I would like to think that could be possible, to get rid of using fossil fuel and use another one instead. Also, electric power should have a healthy source, like solar/air power, because if we will be using water generated one, then we would be just changing one mistake for another one. Hope I can live long enough to see all this great changes, or at least a better one, so far all I've seen is more causes of pollution than solutions.
Posted by ballyhara on 07-01-2018
I have thought about the electric cars which are called zero pollution because they don’t emit anything unlike the ordinary cars that contribute smoke to the pollution of the atmosphere. However, how do we deal with the fossil fuels? The electric car uses electricity and where will the electricity come from? If it will be produced by generators then it will also use fossil fuel.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-25-2018
Well Corzhens perhaps this is where we enter into the discussion of finding anew source of energy in the future. Something that can power entire cities and neighborhoods.
Posted by NickJ on 11-14-2018