The report states that tax incentives for the electrification of cars in France are not enough. The solution would be to heavily tax anything that isn’t electricity!
Transport and Environment (T&E), a group of around 50 European NGOs, defines France’s car tax in its latest report. According to T&E, this tax is “out of step with current climate challenges and hinders the transition of the car market to electricity”.
On the one hand, T&E highlights that between 2015 and 2022, France will move from 5th place. until the 13th European place in terms of the share of electric cars in the total sales of new passenger cars. On the other hand, the collective believes that thermal machines are more free from punishment. Thus, according to T&E, polluting cars are exempt from the “polluter pays” principle, and although France could very quickly introduce “the right tax instruments” with bonuses/penalties or scrap bonuses, it “underuses their incentive potential”.
The French are already avoiding very polluting models
To confirm this, the collective notes that two-thirds of thermal vehicles sold in 2021 will not be affected by the penalty. And “only 3% of new thermal vehicles bought in 2021 were fined more than €1,000”. We express what we want in numbers.
Because in front of them, one can think that the tax system is already an incentive, because the French avoid heavy malussé models! The most polluting cars are well taxed in France, but the French have learned to avoid them this time (and manufacturers no longer sell them). Same goes for companies with TVS promoting the purchase of electric and hybrid cars.
Obviously, the highly taxed polluter model is often a luxury product, so its buyer bears the tax and is truly subject to the polluter pays principle. Let me also say that the French, who buy a car that does not run on gasoline, pay other taxes, starting with the gray card, and, of course, up to the fuel.
The Ford Fiesta has already been sacrificed at the altar of the electric car
In addition to strengthening the penalty for thermal, the collective thus calls for an end to the scrap premium for all heating, which assistance is still available to low-income households. And he again dismisses the plug-in hybrid because “in real life, these cars emit three to five times more CO.2 rather than official events. That’s why we need to stop supporting plugins.
Obviously, the only solution is all-electric. Obviously, we at Automobile Propre like electrified vehicles, but we’re less fond of these radical stances that forget any social dimensions when taken for environmental purposes. on the spot” to make better use of the incentive potential of our tax system” I wonder if a more appropriate word for T&E might not be punitive potential.
The end of the thermal has already been registered
Because, in Le Parisien, Léo Larivière, for example, points to the 208 cases of petrol, one of the best-selling models in France, with no penalty, which, in his opinion, is not normal. Obviously, anything that should be thermal should be used very badly. The small 75 hp gasoline 208 buyer pays the polluter! Shock treatment in Norway, where 80% of cars sold in 2022 will already be electric.
Too bad the E-208 remains more expensive even thanks to the buy-in aid. We also note that in the press release concluding the report, T&E does not mention many subsidies for electric vehicles in France, which knows how to be very generous. The bonus will increase to €7,000 for half of households in 2023, then drop to €5,000.
Given the explosive subject of fuel, it’s hard to see the death penalty being applied to thermal city cars… the Old Continent, doomed to extinction in Europe anyway, is set to go all-electric in 2035. Too far for T&E. Big brands will even be 100% electric from 2030, for example Ford, Peugeot or Renault. Therefore, swinging the stick too much does not seem to be beneficial.