Why? Because they're French.
As of now, about 80 percent of French drivers own a diesel-powered car. And if the French government has its way, then those 80 percent of drivers will soon need to buy a new car. According to a new report, next year France will initiate a plan to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for passenger cars. A system that identifies the most polluting vehicles and rank them by the amount of pollution they emit will get underway in 2015 as well.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated that "In France, we have long favored the diesel engine. This was a mistake, and we will progressively undo that, intelligently and pragmatically." France’s 2015 state budget will also likely reduce the tax advantage given to diesel passenger cars over their gas-powered counterparts. A 2 Euro cent tax per liter on diesel fuel will also get underway, bringing in around 807 million Euros in revenue – straight to the government. However, those that do switch from diesel to an EV will be entitled to a 10,000-Euro bonus to help make that purchase. Anyone want to move to France? Anyone?