France will introduce a tax for vehicles weighing more than 1,800 kg in 2021
Large SUVs are particularly concerned
A few weeks ago, the French Citizen's Climate Convention proposed to introduce a weight penalty that would affect the heaviest vehicles. At the time, the criteria adopted were particularly strict, with a tax as soon as the car exceeded 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs). Each additional kilo (2.2 lbs) would then cost the buyer €10.
This much too severe malus would naturally penalize a large part of the vehicles on the market. The French government immediately rejected this proposal to protect jobs and consumer buying power. The Minister for Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, has decided to reconsider this tax today.
The 2021 finance law could well welcome this tax with open arms. It will then apply to vehicles weighing more than 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs). This is aimed in particular at large SUVs, widely criticized by numerous ecological associations (and petrolheads). Obviously, the law provides for exceptions that will spare certain cars.
Electric and hydrogen vehicles, which are by nature very heavy because of their batteries, will be exempt from these taxes. The debate is ongoing about the fate of hybrid vehicles. We don't know the scale that will be adopted either, but it should still significantly affect prices, which will already be rising largely because of the new malus.
"Heavier cars means more materials and energy consumed, more pollution, less public space available. This weight tax is important to take into account the environmental footprint of the heaviest vehicles", Barbara Pompili, French Minister for Ecological Transition.