Is the electric car the right solution to ensure our future mobility without CO2 emissions, in a viable way? For months now, experts and other international agencies, all specializing in the energy field, have been warning that “battery-powered” cars are already on the way out. This morning it was a French authority, Jean-Marc Jancovici, president of The Shift Project and creator of “Bilan Carbone”, who spoke at BFM TV, on this hot topic. For the engineer graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique: “We’re not getting there.”
This morning, Jean-Marc Jancovici, to whom we owe the “Bilan Carbone”, in front of the charming Apolline de Malherbe, spoke for more than 20 minutes about the energy crisis we are going through, as well as about the future. planet. This great specialist’s stance on environmental issues is clear and distinct. Although he is in favor of lowering the speed limit on the motorway to reduce CO2 emissions, Jean-Marc Jancovici does not believe in the future of the electric car at all.
Thus on the basis of Apolline de Malherbe “But for example if we all go electric”answered Jean-Marc Jancovici: “It’s an ‘if’ that won’t happen tomorrow morning, and I don’t even know if it ever will.” Then Jean-Marc Jancovici went on to say: “When you look at the amount of materials needed to have an electric fleet of cars in the world, with cars of one ton or half a ton that always run on electricity. » Right after, he delivers his truth about the electric car:“We’re not getting there. That is, there also have physical limits on the amount of metal available on Earth, on the rate at which we will open the mines. » The full interview with Jean-Marc Jancovici, conducted by Apolline de Malherbe this morning BFTMTV, is available in video by clicking here.
Jean-Marc Jancovici, the author of the “Bilan Carbone” in the early 2000s, when he worked at the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), also spoke out on the subject of nuclear energy. It can be viewed on video by clicking “Play” below.
💬 “By 2050 the world will enter a structural recession”
➡ Jean-Marc Jancovici, President of “The Shift Project” pic.twitter.com/guf7CZxv4M
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Let’s go back to the more than uncertain future of the electric car, this time with the 221-page study recently published by the International Energy Agency (IEA). In its lengthy 2022 survey report called “Global EV Outlook 2022” (EV: Electric Vehicle), the IEA also announces a likely shortage of the raw materials essential to the production of so-called “zero-emission” cars: “The rapid increase in sales of electric vehicles during the pandemic has tested the resilience of battery supply chains, and Russia’s war in Ukraine has further exacerbated the challenge. Prices of raw materials such as cobalt, lithium and nickel have risen sharply. In May 2022, lithium prices were more than seven times higher than at the start of 2021.”
This is not all, as stated in the “Global EV Outlook 2022”, in the words of Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency: “Few areas of the new global energy economy are as dynamic as the production of electric vehicles. The success of the sector has made it possible to set new sales records, and this is extremely encouraging. However, there is no room for complacency. Politicians, industry leaders and investors must be highly vigilant and resourceful to reduce the risk of supply disruptions and ensure a sustainable supply of critical minerals Under its new ministerial mandate, the IEA is working with governments around the world on how to strategically manage the critical mineral resources needed for electric vehicles and other important clean energy technologies. »
Until our politicians react and the car manufacturers can “turn around” electric cars, knowing that they have committed colossal financial resources to develop them, it will take some time. In about fifteen years, electric cars should become vintage and collector cars…
Finally, the “Global EV Outlook 2022” document published by the Energy Agency (IEA) is available for free download (pdf format) by clicking on the image above. Not without humor, also think about your “carbon balance”!
Text: Frédéric Lagadec