End of thermal engines in 2035: it’s urgent to wait!

It’s done, it’s voted! Since the end of the 19th century, the heat engine has shaped the history of the automotive industry and even the history of mobility and transportation in general. But it’s over!

Originally planned for 2040, Europe has brought forward the completion of the commercialization of thermal engines by 2035. This measure therefore comes in a very brutal way, even prematurely, because 12 years for an industry like the car industry is not enough to end such a technical revolution.

Because we’re talking about technology here. The European legislator has not imposed a target for the reduction or elimination of pollution. He imposed a technical standard: electricity as the only authorized means of propulsion. It is extremely surprising! Because by advancing in this way, Europe is eradicating all alternative solutions to oil resources. Say goodbye to biogas! Forget Superethanol (E85)! Completed the development of synthetic fuel, which would have made it possible not to seek oil resources!

From our point of view, all this is a huge waste because biogas, for example, was a reality. A concrete solution that was just waiting to be developed.

In parallel with the introduction of a technical standard for manufacturers, Europe has set a goal of 1 charging station for 10 electric cars by 2035. A “false” target because it does not mention the charging power of the terminal. Imagine that we reach this goal with a majority of terminals of 22 kW or 50 kW, the road to vacation is likely to be difficult in the coming years. Charging times will be extended beyond what is acceptable today due to queues and charging times at terminals. Connectors, as we have already seen last summer at the Ionity terminals, where motorists waited between 2 and 4 hours to recharge their cars.

France, which is already unable to achieve the goals it had set itself, is now on 1 terminal for 15 vehicles.

On the side of motorists, the adoption of this measure promises to be detrimental to our bank accounts. Electric cars are today 40% to 45% more expensive than their thermal equivalents. This is the first slap in the scrotum. The aid currently in force in France (and which is not permanent) is not enough to offset the additional costs. The car in general and the electric car in particular have once again become an inaccessible luxury product for many. Proven, sales of new cars are in free fall (-35%). Not all motorists across the EU will be able to afford an electric vehicle.

Did you think you could offset this extra cost by saving fuel? Sorry to tell you, but you’re very naive! And that’s the second slap in the face. If for a single moment one thinks that France is going to do without 43 billion euros brought in from taxes on petrol and dieselYou’re all wrong!
In France, the average price for recharging a terminal has been multiplied by 10 between 2019 and 2022 (mainly due to the minute prices of Ionity fast terminals). Today on the highway, recharging an electric car can cost more than refueling a similar car with an internal combustion engine.

So you tell yourself that you want to recharge as often as possible at home. But it forgets a little quickly that thanks to your amazing Linky counter you can know the nature of the equipment connected. It is only a matter of time before the price per. kW is charged specifically for charging your electric car at home.

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Some manufacturers are ready for this rapid electrification of their range. Maserati has announced that it will only be electric from 2024. And we have also long known that 100% of Volvo’s range will be 100% electric by 2025. But not everyone is in this case, and today most manufacturers continue. to design and market new thermal or electrified (hybrid and rechargeable hybrid) models. Which is quite normal and consistent because the vehicles unveiled today were designed 2 or even 3 years ago.

By only giving the car industry 12 years to comply with the requirements of this measure, it can be feared that the production tool will undergo profound and brutal changes that will not be without consequences for human resources. As we know, the production lines for assembling electric cars require much less labor than the production units of thermal cars.

A complex situation in perspective, to which must be added what is called “Ferrari change”. To put it simply, for series whose production is less than 1000 units per year, there will be an exception (the duration of which is not currently known), which allows these cars to continue to carry internal combustion engines.
A completely incomprehensible amendment and contrary to the ecological objective!

It is clear that everyone in 2035 will have to switch to electricity, it will be very expensive for ordinary consumers who have to make a significant financial effort to be able to acquire an electric car. But the ecological emergency is at this price and we must save the planet … Except for the very rich who can continue to pollute and pollute to the maximum because they have enough money to be able to buy a Ferrari, a Rolls-Royce or a Bugatti.
In conclusion, in the face of a global emergency affecting everyone, we ask the most modest to make an effort and we leave the richest alone. Curious!

In our opinion, Europe is making a monumental mistake by believing that the electric car can replace the thermal car in the same uses. An evolution of mobility can be expected, but in ways that are still unknown. Before a luxury object available to a certain elite, the car has become more democratic with time. Today, it is once again becoming a luxury product that is banned in cities.

Following a tense vote, MEPs are urging all Europeans to take a leap into the void. To see how we will receive. Because the measure adopted by MEPs still needs to be ratified by the 27 member states. To be continued

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