This first goal should be relatively easy to attain. France relies heavily on nuclear energy—more than 70 percent of the country’s energy mix is nuclear—and coal-fired plants only contribute to around four percent of France’s electric production. Hulot also said that he hoped to reduce the amount of nuclear energy in the country’s energy mix down to 50 percent by 2025, although, according to Le Monde, the environment minister admitted he does “not have all the answers.”
In addition, Hulot noted a law would be proposed later this year to potentially end any new operating licenses for oil, gas, and coal mining.
The automotive goal is more of a stretch. Although details on how the French government would do this are scarce, Le Monde reports that part of the plan will involve offering money to qualifying households to replace their pre-1997 gasoline or pre-2001 diesel cars.
Hulot called the end of the sale of gas and diesel cars “a public health agenda” and mentioned Volvo’s recent commitment to only sell electric or hybrid vehicles by 2019. Engadget notes that the French government owns a considerable stake in PSA, owner of Peugeot and Citroen, as well as Renault. Regulators could potentially affect auto manufacturer operations through internal pressure. Hulot didn’t say whether plug-in hybrid electric vehicles would be factored into the ban or not. The minister admitted that achieving the goal would likely burden automakers.
Recent numbers from Germany reflect how daunting moving a country’s transportation sector away from fossil fuels can be. And an International Energy Agency report from June noted that, without government incentives, getting people to buy electric vehicles is especially challenging.
On the other hand, a report from Bloomberg Energy Finance released this week suggests that electric vehicles will outsell internal combustion vehicles in 20 years, due to falling battery prices. “The Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast says adoption of emission-free vehicles will happen more quickly than previously estimated because the cost of building cars is falling so fast,” Bloomberg wrote. “The seismic shift will see cars with a plug account for a third of the global auto fleet by 2040 and displace about eight million barrels a day of oil production—more than the seven million barrels Saudi Arabia exports today.”
Realme has launched its flagship killer smartphone Realme X2 pro in India today alongside the Realme 5s. There is also a Realme X2 Pro Master Edition (Red Brick and Concrete variants) unveiled at the today event.
Samsung has launched its Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars special edition ahead of the December 20 release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Samsung Galaxy S11 is expected to launch early next year and This 2020 flagship would support 8K video recording.
According to the latest leak, Samsung Galaxy A91 may launch in India at the end of this year.
Vivo Y19 is currently available in offline stores across India at the starting price of Rs.13,990.
Realme X2 Pro will be launched on November 20 in India. Ahead of the launch, the company has announced the Blind Order sale of realme X2 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy A51, One of the most rumored smartphones is likely to be debut sometime in December 2019.
Realme 5s will launch in India on November 20 alongside Realme X2 Pro.
Amazon Mi days sale has started on November 14 and it will go till November 18. The offers and discounts are available in Mi online stores as well.
The new foldable phone- Motorola Razr(2019) was unveiled in Los Angeles. The Motorola Razr price starts at US $1,500.