- A recharging point in a petrol station in London (Les Numériques).

The increasing of petrol taxes : a solution for the electric vehicles?

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Driving on a French road is not so easy at all. As drivers, you shall wait a moment at some roundabouts or in highways full of people dressed with “Yellow Vest”. If you don't follow what's happening in France, you cannot be surprised by the reason of the violent strikes at all. After decreasing the speed on national roads, the government has decided to increase the diesel and Gasoline taxes to invest in an efficient green motoring policy as ministers say in the medias.

The late arrival of a green policy in cities.

Unlike in the UK, the Prius is still rare on the French roads despite its international success (A.Saboureau).

How to describe the environmental policies in France? Since the Dieselgate, France has taken the decision to change the motoring rules to impose some urgent green policies. You couldn’t drive your old 2CV or your Renault 4 in Paris for instance. Indeed, some cities will ban these classic cars by preferring to guide the drivers to encourage them to buy greener vehicles.

Sodetrel, a French firm, which could build thousands of charging points in the next years (automobile-propre).

More than a powerful change, these cities give the possibilities to drive a public electric vehicle by working with environmental firms such as Sodetrel or Bolloré. The latter offers to rent an EV baptised, the Bluecar, through programs all over the world. Despite Paris abandoned the Autolib’s project, Bolloré group has developed some regional programs such as Bluely (France), BlueCub (France), BlueIndy (US) or BlueRoma (Italy). Nevertheless, people are not really ready to change their minds. The lack of informations about the EV's advantages and inconveniences translates the lack of the importance of the EVs on our future daily habits as drivers.

The increasing of petrol taxes : a fair solution?

The increasing of the price of diesel price seems to be an controversial theme for many of us as drivers (Le Telegramme)

People use their cars for many reasons. Working or just spending great moments on the roads means an affordable price about the diesel or the gasoline. Since the beginning of Tesla’s phenomenon in the 2010s, the EV revolution changes a lot of things. The recent arrival of the American car maker has pushed the French brands to electrify its current models. The latest Paris Motor show illustrated the way the EVs invade our motoring habits every day. From the Renault Zoe to the Audi E-Tron, the drivers have the choice between modern SUVs or hatchbacks but don't know what's the real aim under the increasing of the petrol's prices.

A charging point in the countryside (A. Saboureau).

According to the French government, the petrol taxes should help to invest in the financial allocations given after the selling of an electric vehicle. As you know, the air pollution grows up with the decades. The local authorities and the car makers propose underrated and shy alternatives. Launched in 2011/2012, the Renault Z.E models in which the Twizy and the Renault Zoe belong to, created a new modern era among the French historical French car makers.

The Peugeot iOn vs the Renault Zoe, a French electric competitiveness between two motoring giant (Turbo).

The Mitsubishi i MiEV, the Peugeot iOn and the Citroën C-ZERO has surprised with an international success since 2010 thanks to the Japanese and French partnership between Mitsubishi and PSA. By the way, some small unknown car makers (Mia, Lumeneo, Courb) tried to sell their models but failed under a tough competitiveness. The Mia or the Lumeneo Smera didn’t emerge in a motoring market dominated by historical giants. It would be the end of the petrol reign on which lies on our transports and our whole economy until we find efficient way to maintain a reliable autonomy for the EVs.

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Comments (2)
  • I get that older cars are being banned for obvious environmental reasons. What I don't get is why people who are dependent of their car to get to work will effectively be punished by these taxes. They should make electric cars more appealing so that those people want to switch to electric cars.

    20 days ago
    • That's the real question. I guess the governments play with the global warming to look for more investments rather than to demand on the car makers to respect the environmental...

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      20 days ago

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