PARIS – A premium for thermal cars

A new vehicle purchase incentive programme to help the automotive sector is meant to be announced by the French government as early as next Monday (25 May). But the announcement is set to be controversial.

The initial idea, which was to support only electric and hybrid vehicles, has been revised as thermal vehicles will also be part of the plan, according to newspaper Les Echos.

Car distributors claim to have a huge fleet of cars to sell, which would be 96% thermal.

The French finance ministry insists that only the cleanest internal combustion vehicles should be included in this new scheme.

But the idea of helping the purchase of new cars is making environmentalists shudder, as transport is the main source of increased CO2 emissions in France.

During the last crisis, the government also introduced a scrappage scheme that heavily subsidised the purchase of energy-intensive SUV vehicles.


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