France plans to ban fossil-fuel-powered cars by 2040, and Paris has said it will ban them by 2030. However, only 2% of all cars sold in France in 2018 were fully electric and hybrid.
What is happening in France is a symbol of the global challenge facing electric vehicles. Although the technology of electric vehicles is improving and becoming more affordable, few consumers are aware of this progress. Misinformation about new technologies often slows down public acceptance and can be particularly detrimental to electric vehicles. There is no doubt that the misconceptions of French consumers are not limited to France, which means that automakers, dealers and governments around the world have the task of making electric vehicles as widely known as possible. Continue reading