France firm on ICE vehicle ban from 2040 – report

France will uphold its stand on outlawing conventional fossil fuel-powered cars by 2040, Reuters reports the transport minister Elizabeth Borne as saying. “We have a target for carbon neutrality by 2050 and we need a credible trajectory towards that, which includes a ban on the sale of vehicles that consume fossil fuels by 2040,” she said in an interview.

The country will help its manufacturers – led by PSA and Renault – make the switch to electricity, hydrogen and possibly even biogas, the report said. “Since the start of Emmanuel Macron’s term, our target is the climate plan that Nicolas Hulot announced in the summer of 2017. We will now inscribe this target into law,” the transport minister said.

This legislation is expected to be an update on the country’s 1982 law on transportation, and is currently being debated in parliament. This will facilitate the rollout of EV charging stations, in particular by giving residents of apartment buildings the right to ask for the installation of EV charging points at their parking lots, the report noted.

The law reform also wants to favour rail network upgrades, framework for new mobility solutions such as bicycles, e-scooters and car-sharing, as well as alternatives to individual transport usage. This also aims to give companies the option to give its employees a tax-free, 400 euro subsidy to commute to work on bicycles or with car-sharing.

Companies would be obliged to discuss the subsidy in wage negotiations with unions, but would not be mandatory for all companies. Elsewhere in Europe, EV usage leader Norway, along with the Netherlands, plans to phase out conventionally powered vehicles by 2025, while Germany has proposed a target to do so by 2030. Further abroad, India has aimed to be a 100% EV nation by the same year.

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