The Government says it plans to stop new petrol and diesel cars and vans being sold in the UK by 2040.
The pledge is part of the UK’s goal to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 under the terms of the Paris Climate Agreement and follows France’s pledge earlier this month to ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
Last week, car manufacturer Volvo said they hope to produce only electric cars from 2019 onwards.
MP Jesse Norman confirmed in a written statement today that: ‘This Government has a manifesto commitment for almost all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050.
‘We believe this would necessitate all new cars and vans being zero emission vehicles by 2040.’
Mr Hulot said that he realised the target would put France’s car manufacturers under pressure – but that the companies had projects which ‘can fulfil that promise’.
Mr Macron pressed ahead with implementing the pact to fight climate change after U.S President Donald Trump pulled out of the landmark deal reached in the French capital in 2015.
Mr Hulot said: “One of the symbolic acts of the plan is that France, which previously had made the promise to divide its greenhouse gas emissions by four by 2050, has decided to become carbon neutral by 2050 following the U.S. decision.
“The carbon neutral objective will force us to make the necessary investments.”
He said the proposals such as the decision to end the sale of fossil fuel powered vehicles was a tall order and would constitute something of a ‘revolution’, but solutions were available and French carmakers would be up to the task.
Diesel and gasoline vehicles represented about 95.2 percent of French new car fleets in the first half of year, while electric vehicles hold 1.2 percent of the market.
Hybrid cars make up about 3.5 percent.
Car manufacturer Volvo announced in July that they plan to make only electric cars from 2019 onwards.
They will still manufacture some hybrid vehicles but no models will be powered by a purely combustion engine.
CEO Hakan Samuelsson said: ‘People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs.’
In 2016, the then Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: ‘We are committed to making transport cleaner and giving even more drivers the option of using a low emission vehicle as we strive to improve air quality across the country.
‘Our ambition is for nearly all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040, and we are taking real steps to achieve this in the Modern Transport Bill.’