​An Automaker And A Country Have Big Plans For Clean Transport

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There have been some encouraging and outright optimistic announcements in the media regarding enviromentally sounder vehicles​. They come from different sources ​and contexts ​but ​have one goal​; help the world transition to a sustainable economy.

First, automaker Volvo announced that every unit it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, helping usher in the​ ​end ​of an​ era ​of internal combustion ​engine (ICE) cars and paving the way to the complete eletrification of its business. ​Hopefully​, the industry as a whole will be taking similar steps.

Volvo said in a statement that it will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug in hybrid cars and mild hybrid cars.

At first, it will launch five fully electric cars between the years of 2019 and 2021. Out of that total, three will be Volvo models and two will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo's performance car arm. The company said more details will be announced later.

These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on all models,​ ​the broadest electrified car portfolio among all car makers, Volvo said. In other words, in the near future there will in future no Volvo cars without an electric motor, while ​exclusively ​ICE cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified options.

The second big announcement came from France, which recently elected a new president, the young Emmanuel Macron. The new president said he wants to make the country carbon neutral by 2050​, which is music to the ears of anyone worried about the planet's climate.

As part of France’s self-imposed goal, the country intends to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, an announcement made by the new environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, who is positive that automakers can meet the challenge.

The government will do its share to help the public make the transition​. L​ower income households would receive a premium to ditch their dirty vehicles in favor of a cleaner alternative. During the same press conference, Mr Hulot also announced that France would stop using coal to produce electricity by 2022 and ​inject ​billions of euros in investment to increase energy efficiency as well.

The announcements are part of France's commitment to the Paris Agreement and a signal that ​the European country ​wants to take a leadership role in the transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. Similarly, The Netherlands, Norwa​y​, Germany and India have announced similar plans to get rid of combustion vehicles.

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