France wants to stop the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by 2040

France has announced an ambitious goal to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the country by 2040.

Environment minister Nicolas Hulot said the decision is part of a series of efforts to curb climate change.

The country’s five-year plan was revealed a day after Swedish manufacturer Volvo became the first car company to pledge to stop making cars powered solely by the internal combustion engine.

(John Walton/PA)

The French maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, PSA Group, said Hulot’s pledge fits with its own goal of offering hybrid or electric versions of 80% of its cars by 2023.

However, even if France eventually bans sales of diesel and petrol vehicles, PSA said the company will continue making such cars for foreign markets.

Hulot also announced plans for France to stop the production of power from coal – which is currently 5% of the total – by 2022.

The country further proposes to reduce the proportion of its power from nuclear energy to 50% by 2025, from the current 75%.

More in this Section

Jo'Burger restaurants go into liquidation

Kerry Group buys US ‘clean label’ firms for €325m

Irish mortgage rates end the year as most elevated in Europe

Westport emerges as 'Botox capital of the world' as plant sells $4bn of Botox to the world in two years


Lindsay Woods: At a time of year when the pace is frenzied and days are full of school plays and deadlines, the chance to break from routine is a welcome one

On the red carpet: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and Cheryl

Raise a glass to Christmas festivities

The best festive desserts to try out this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner