Greenwashing Festival at Paris Motor Show 2022 –

We enjoy ourselves! This is how you continue to sell dreams when the individual car – thermal or electrical always being criticized more harshly? A small anthology of whimsical measures imagined by the exhibitors of the Mondial de l’Automobile, which opened its doors in Paris on Monday, October 17.

Cheat yourself with a lot of greenwashing

“Green car”, “clean energy” or even “live in the open”… For its big comeback after a two-year hiatus, the auto exhibition has undergone a major green paint job. For this edition set under the sign of a “revolution in progress”, everything has been done so that visitors can imagine the future without leaving the individual car. It insists that the electric car’s CO2 footprint is five times lower than that of the thermal vehicle, without remembering that the conditions are often not met. The benefit – real – would be less, as we explained in the last Vert du faux.

At the bioethanol stand, an engine grows in the middle of spinach © Alban Leduc

The legendary 4L transformed into an electric SUV

Hard to find the features of the famous yogurt pot from the 1960s in the huge model that Renault offers in the electric version. The concept is covered in plastic and Plexiglas and has a 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) motor, although the Ecological Transition Agency (Ademe) last week assessed that beyond 60 kilowatt-hours the electrical environmental interest was not guaranteed. A car that goes against sobriety, which calls for reducing the size of vehicles to reduce their environmental impact. “The concept presented at the fair is always more impressive, we are waiting for customer feedback”, we defend ourselves on the presentation stand. The final version is expected in 2025.

The new version of the 4L, transformed into an electric SUV at the Paris Motor Show © Alban Leduc

Cars more equipped than planes

“There are now more lines of code in a car than in any plane”. At a time of semiconductor shortages, the show boasts of offering ever more connected vehicles. Touch interface to surf the networks, driving aids of all kinds and other gadgets are constantly being added to convince consumers to renew their vehicles. In its new hydrogen model, Hopium offers, for example, a “screen unfolded across the entire width of the vehicle [qui] transforms according to wishes, in a wave movement ». Nothing is too good to give the illusion of a natural model behind the wheel. Connected objects emit large amounts of greenhouse gases during production. A shame when you know that the car – and thus its services – remains unused and stationary on average 95% of the time.

Machina vision, the new hydrogen model proposed by the French company Hopium © Alban Leduc

No more SUVs, give way to HUVs

For the first time in France, the public can pre-order hydrogen cars, which will be delivered in 2025 by the manufacturers Hopium or NamX. At the exhibition, if hydrogen is presented as a “clean energy”WHO” is now a consensus in the scientific community”, its production remains very energy-intensive and it still depends heavily on fossil fuels worldwide (green). On the side of sobriety, we will return: Mondial gives honor to mastoc SUVs renamed Hydrogen Utility Vehicle (HUV), to make people forget the sad results of this type of vehicle: fashion for SUVs, much heavier than their older , constitutes today that he is now the second cause of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions on the planet, warned the International Energy Agency.

Graphics made by the International Energy Agency, translated (and decorated) by Vert

Bio-ethanol, a miracle solution from the past?

In the middle of the gigantic exhibition halls, the show offers a “bioethanol village » decorated with many green plants and wooden structures; enough to mobilize all the imagination attached to nature. For many years, however, the fuel made from grains and beets has been highly controversial. Biofuels, which compete with food production and potentially contribute to deforestation, have been limited to 7% of energy use for transport since 2015 across the EU.

The “bioethanol village” has a gas station that has been repainted green © Alban Leduc

Fortunately, to compensate for the CO2 footprint of the exhibition, the Dacia brand has found the solution by offering collection terminals to recycle plastic bottles for environmentally responsible surfboards. We are saved!

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