France announced that it will end the commercialization of diesel cars and gasoline in 2040 as part of a plan aimed at achieving the goals of the Paris international agreement against climate change.
France builds Europe's best-selling 100% electric car, the Renault Zoe, which has competitors from the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Nissan Leaf.
Several countries have already announced their intention to drastically reduce the number of highly polluting cars in favor of hybrids and electric cars, but few have so far made concrete promises.
India expects all cars sold in the country to be electric by 2030. Norway aims to end combustion car sales by 2025 and Germany aims to have one million electric cars on its roads by 2020.
In 2016, hybrid and electric vehicles accounted for 3,6% of new cars registered in Western Europe, according to the European Automobile Builders Association.
The International Energy Agency indicates that the increase in the use of green vehicles will be modest, reaching 8% of the market share (about 150 million vehicles) in 2040. In contrast, the private company Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that That figure will be 22% in 2035.
The announcement of the French government came few hours after the one made by the Swedish brand Volvo, which confirmed that from 2019 it will only launch electric or hybrid models, being the first manufacturer to promise the "historic end" of vehicles equipped only with a combustion engine.