I love this “see you” expression the old men used to say before getting on their tractors when they left the bistro in my hometown.
The bistro closed long ago and the revueure would be played out four years later in the Brussels commission and then in the European Parliament nine years later with the possibility of delaying or overturning the planned heat engine ban.
Contrary to what we read and hear, there is no question of waiting for a miracle alternative solution to all electricity that will fall from the sky and allow us to save the planet without going through a charging station. .
Will the synthetic fuels based on CO2 and renewable energy promised by German industry be ready? Will we produce biofuels on a large scale with our agricultural or household waste? Four years is not long for such prodigies. And Europe doesn’t really care.
Just like knowing if there will be a reduction in C02 emissions in 2026 and the carbon footprint will be as green as we were promised.
It will not be ecology that will be “reconsidered”, but economy, period. And a pinch of social.
Has Carlos Tavares been heard from?
It is clear that if in four years 1/ the European car industry is undercut by Chinese manufacturers and out of business with a vengeance, 2/ If our (project) battery factories do not live up to their promises or are not competitive 3/ If rare metals and lithium – a virtual China monopoly – reaches such prices that car prices are outside the average European prices, well, we will decide that in the end 1/ The electric car will not be as good for the environment as we thought. 2/ that the European specialty heat engine does not have the last word and 3/ that we work with both climate and batteries by filling it with plants, waste or synthetic gasoline. Unfortunately, though that means burning a little more fat until you have enough of these miracle fuels…
In short, it seems that Thierry Breton, the European commissioner for the internal market, and Clément Beaune, the French transport minister, have read the interviews of Carlos Tavares, the head of Stellantis, who has a rather ambiguous relationship with electric motors. against and against…
As well as the proposals of Porsche and BMW, which, unlike Volkswagen, are not in a hurry to give up the prestigious (used) gas plants on which their worldwide reputation is based and continue to invest, according to the deputy from Brussels. Because they, like Stellantis, do not make money from the European market alone and operate in continents and countries where the electric car is still far away.
Fewer cars, fewer cars…
Is it up to the challenge of transforming the European car industry? More and more leads are hesitant, not just for reasons of industrial sovereignty and economic well-being
In particular, the cost of charging infrastructure, which is not limited to outsourcing the installation of charging stations to the private sector. It is also necessary to equip them, resize all parts of the electrical network.
And generating more electricity without emitting more CO2 is no easy task, between dependence on Chinese solar panels, wind power on the blades of wind turbines, and the fear nuclear power inspires.
In this regard, the war in Ukraine has changed the lines and points of view. First, we understand that electricity generation is sensitive to the vagaries of time. Not only to initial energy shortages such as the Russian gas taps being cut off, but it also does not detail how a nuclear power plant like Zaporizhzhia is vulnerable to human passions.
It is clear then that part of the hundreds of billions required for the electrical transformation will be diverted to the rearmament of the continent.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it seems that the real opponents of the electric car are not motorists, but environmentalists themselves. The smallest project involving the extraction and processing of lithium or the prospecting for rare metals provokes protest and mobilization. We will not produce 10 or 15 million cars a year in Europe without digging underground, without opening mines, without starting nuclear power plants to fill them.
Moreover, we hear more and more among the Greens that we need less cars, less cars first, not electric cars…