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The French Way
Jamais Cascio, 13 Sep 05

France, never very shy about using government policies to set broader economic and social goals, has announced that it will be taxing high-CO2 vehicles, with the tax money going to fund research into hybrid car technologies. Green Car Congress has details.

The tax, effective 1 Jan 2006, will be set at €2 (US$2.45) per gram for cars producing between 200 and 250 g/km CO2, and €4 (US$4.91) per gram for those producing more than 250 g/km. The proceeds, expected to be about €18 million (US$22 million), will flow into the French Environment and Energy Saving Agency.

The research goal is technically a "family car" that produces less than 100 g/km of carbon dioxide, but the Ecology Minister has already said that hybrid-electric technology is the likeliest candidate.

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I love this idea -- a carbon tax. In fact, I'd make all fuel taxes be proportionate to emissions. But then I'm biased, driving a zero-CO2 vehicle... :-)


Posted by: Jan Steinman on 13 Sep 05

i better get one of those MDI air compression-fueled cars soon... also, i wonder: if there are more and more electric cars in france, will there be a problem with the HAZARDOUS BATTERIES and their disposal?


Posted by: ptinfrance on 14 Sep 05



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