for many, the energy transition will have to wait

A must for the automotive industry, the Paris Motor Show is the showcase for the know-how of global manufacturers. In terms of new products and technology, the 2022 edition of the Paris fair, which will open its doors in a few days, from October 17 to 23 next, should once again gather the gratin of the automotive industry. Manufacturers who will rush to present their future series of electric vehicles to the public.

With rising premiums and increasingly expensive vehicles, fuel and energy prices exploding, the car budget for a majority of French people is no longer very far from its limits. Despite a national and European legislative arsenal that is becoming clearer in favor of the energy transition, electric mobility is still struggling to establish itself.

A survey conducted by OpinionWay for Aramisauto reveals that while the used market largely prevails over the new market (75% of vehicles sold in 2021 were used), the choice is primarily dictated by economic considerations. : 64% of French households did not have the budget to buy a new vehicle.

A crucial budget issue, as for 60% of the French respondents, the car stands out as the most important item of expenditure in their budget. Eight out of ten French people (82%) even limit their journeys to use as little fuel as possible.

Conducted from 18 to 26 August 2022 with a sample of 1,035 drivers representative of the French population, the survey also points to another crucial point: one in five French people (19%) from low-income households still drive. more than 10 years. And while the state intends to deploy more and more low-emission zones in the territory, 51% of respondents do not know their vehicle’s Crit’Air. As for the implementation of ZFEs, the rules penalize the youngest in the first place, since a third of 18-24-year-olds (compared to 13% on average) declare driving a Crit’Air 4 or 5 vehicle already prohibited in certain urban areas.

The French and the car: for many, the energy transition will have to wait

Asked about low-emission zones, 42% of drivers from lower classes are determined to use their car despite the ban. Similarly, faced with another measure planned by the municipalities, only 20% of respondents say they are ready to pay a toll to drive in built-up areas or in the city centre.

The transition is all the more difficult, as for 75% of French respondents, the car is still important for getting to work. If they no longer want to take their car, 60%, especially among women and residents of the provinces, regret not having an adapted transport offer.

The French and the car: for many, the energy transition will have to wait

If they had to buy a new vehicle, 70% of them would even turn to a used car tomorrow, and 59% would still choose a heat engine, including 26% a diesel.

Electricity is therefore still difficult to convince: 40% of French respondents say they are ready to choose a vehicle with a hybrid (30%) or electric (10%) engine when price is taken into account. Fluctuating fuel prices can still make 70% of 18-24 year olds buy an electric car.

And this even though 61% of the motorists surveyed believe that refueling an electric car will cost the same as a full tank of gas. The French are not only afraid of their wallets, but also wonder about the availability of charging stations: despite the optimism of the youngest (63%) and Ile-de-France residents (56%), only 39% of the provinces believe , that there will be enough terminals in France for all cars to become electric.

If electric vehicles become essential in the range of the various manufacturers and regularly gain market share, they also create an ever-widening gap between social classes, with a large fringe of the French population excluded from this “mobility”. future”, which European politicians want to impose anyway with a forced march.

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