Greener Every Year
From January 2010 through September 2014, a total of 38,602 highway-capable all-electric cars were registered and sold in France. Of which, 14,421 were utility vans. Electric car registrations increased from a mere 184 units in 2010 to a significantly larger amount, 2,630, in 2011. The very next year sales spiked by 115% as over 5,000 all-electric automobiles were registered; this allowed for France to rank 4th among top selling electric vehicle countries in 2012. The same year, they dominated 11% of the global market share, undoubtedly this number rose even higher in 2013. International Business Times reported in 2014 that some in the French political system are trying to get a bill passed that would give owners of diesel engines an extra 10,000 euros if they made the switch from diesel-engines to electric. Segolene Royal, Frances Minister of Ecology, hopes this will encourage citizens to make more ‘green’ choices.