Mandatory electric car in 2035: “more restrictions for the French”

At the beginning of June, 339 MEPs voted in favor of the completion of the heat engine in Europe in 2035. We will therefore become, for our individual mobility, dependent on a single energy. This is all the more regrettable as the 100% electric offer, which could also have been accompanied by the intelligent development of models running on natural gas (a solution that is unfortunately out of the question), made it possible to expand the range of available engines.

Drivers will therefore ultimately be at the mercy of increases in electricity prices with no alternative solution left. And, of course, it will also affect their housing consumption bill, whether they have a car or not. Today, the state collects more than 40 billion euros a year thanks to fuel taxes. He will not be able to afford the luxury of doing without it. We’ll have to defer these charges and let’s be sure that one day, probably not so far away, the price per. kilometers driven should be at least as expensive in an electric car as it is currently with a thermal car.

The state collects more than 40 billion euros a year through fuel taxes. He will not be able to afford the luxury of going without

And to what concrete result? Let’s use a calculation, simplified, as it is based on a car fleet that would first switch to 100% electric from 2035, whereas we can assume that from 1% today, it will have risen to a slightly higher share. Knowing that 12% of CO2 emissions are generated by passenger cars in Europe and that the European car market represents approx. 18% of the world market, the measure accounts for 18% of 12% of global CO2 emissions or 2.16%.

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About twenty years are needed for the fleet to be completely renewed, and an electric car is ecologically more “virtuous” than a thermal car only from 50 to 70,000 kilometers (its manufacture is more polluting), ie. approximately five years of use, it is therefore necessary to start from the year 2035 that Europe is targeting, add these five years and then twenty years to estimate that by 2060 we will have a reduction of 2.16% in emissions of CO2 globally.

This means that the reduction at planetary level each year will be around 0.11%, including 0.015% of France’s contribution. Worse, not being a mathematician by birth and having presented this calculation to more Cartesian minds, I understand that my calculation is in fact optimistic, and according to the figures we take into account, this percentage turns out to be … hyperoptimistic.

It is also a sure bet that of the 88% of people who do not buy electric cars today, some (probably not insignificant) will keep their petrol or diesel model for as long as possible, leading to a decline in sales of new cars and prolongs the life of more polluting vehicles. Electrical appliances that require less maintenance, therefore, are the whole French car industry that will suffer, with tens of thousands of jobs that will disappear as a result.

This all-electric obligation does not take into account the possible shortage of materials

This all-electric obligation also does not take into account the possible shortage of materials whose exploitation will explode. Carlos Tavares, the head of Stellantis (Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, Fiat, Jeep …) already mentions a problem with lithium extraction from … 2024!

At the same time, this unexpected opens up a veritable boulevard for Chinese manufacturers: thanks to the desire to help electric cars, those whose heat engines do not live up to European standards find here a fantastic gateway. MG, Aiways or Link & Co would not have landed in France without state aid. Even Dacia Spring, the current bestseller in the French electricity market, is made in China …

Should we fear a risk of electricity shortages in winter?

Despite all this, Europe has decided that the vast majority of people who are not convinced by electrical appliances or who have no reason to switch to them (to date, the lack of versatility of these models may be unsuitable for certain purposes, not to mention the always low number of fast charging points), will have to do so. While we are already threatened every winter with a lack of electricity at the slightest cold, what happens when between kl. and white goods?

Let us hope that all these issues will be remembered by European environment ministers and will use their common sense before they make their decision. With crossed fingers.

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