The (automotive) French Revolution - petrol and diesel banned by 2040

The French have banned the sale of petrol and electric cars by 2040, and it's no less revolutionary than democracy.

In what is an extraordinary week for the automotive industry, today France banned the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by the year 2040. In 22 years from now, all cars in France will be electric. What's not made clear however, is if this includes the ban of hybrids, which of course partly use carbon-based fuel, and how this extraordinary ban will be achieved.

This, on the heals of French president, Emmanuel Macron's ambitions to make France carbon neutral by 2050, is truly a revolutionary move. Trust the French to take the leap into the next era of humanity and be assured - like the spread of democracy - the world will inevitably follow suit, sooner or later in various forms, whether successful or not.

In an environmental conference today, environmental minister Nicolas Hulot said, “We are announcing the end of the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040.”

Well, just when we thought we had heard it all this week from the motoring front, we are surprised yet again.

No doubt, the view from the Eiffel Tower just got a whole lot clearer.