The electric car or how to smash an industry for political reasons

At the opening of the motor show, Emmanuel Macron confirmed his plan to massively support the automotive industry in developing the electric car.

At the opening of the motor show, Emmanuel Macron confirmed his plan to massively support the automotive industry in developing the electric car.


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At the opening of the motor show, Emmanuel Macron confirmed the project to accelerate the development of the electric car. It is a purely political choice that will have economic and social consequences that we dare not imagine.

vsis a purely political choice to seek to impose the electric car, because tres honestly, customers ndon’t dream about it at night.

The technology does not allow ithas the same services with the electric car as the thermal car. It costs tres expensive (30% more) choice nis not muches wide, lautonomy nis not sufficient to guarantee a journey of more than 200 KLM, charging points are rare, charging conditions are too long, etc. All this means that customers are not rushing to the electric car and manufacturers are dragging their feet.

A few years ago, Renault’s communications department commissioned Luc Besson to make a film iflead actor was one of the firsteres electric cars: Zoé. The script wasa rare romance, the filming was in the countryside.Lthe history abouta young man who goes on a journey to heal a heartbreaklove. But who breaks down 100 KLM from Paris in the middle of the country. He is recovered, he and his car, by a farmer who will offer him the cottage while he waits for the car to be charged. Of course the farmer’s daughter ncould not resist the charm of the young man and all that, thanks to technology. What a picture and what a failure. Renault apparently prevented the release of the film.Except the movie still exists and no onebragging about it : neither the producer, the director nor the actors treis known. To see him:

Byopening of the loungecar, confirmed Emmanuel Macronwas his projectmassively supportivethe automotive industry, manufacturers, subcontractors and all associated services to develop the electric car.

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In 2017, electric car sales made up 1% of the market, today electric cars make up 13% of annual sales. The President of the Republic plans to reach the 30% threshold by the end of his five-year term. vsis the reason why it will further increase aid and increase the ecological bonus from 6,000 to 7,000 euros for the most modest households.

ParalleleIt has also announced an extension of the tariff screen to include electric terminals from January 2023, with a target of 40,000 connection terminals per month in 2030. The market should also be able to offer long-term leasing of 100 euros per month to accessan electric car in the current ofyear 2023.The President of the Republic hopesthat the French market will be 1 million sales per year at the end of his mandate, against 200,000 at the moment. The project seems very ambitious.

No one knows yet today whether these campaigns will free up a marketis not euphoric. This development will no doubt be complemented by penal provisions for deterrenceuse of thermal cars, which in theory should bebe prohibiteds to circulate from 2035. The project is considerably ambitious and for many tres utopian.

This project is eminently political and even ideological. Theactions, let’s be clear, of rrespond to pressure from environmental groups that have taken the individual car as their target as a tool and as a symbol of the struggle to reduce the emission of carbon is far from the firstere source of greenhouse gases butit is undoubtedly the most spectacular, the most flashy and approxis also the most popular,the most useful.

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As a result, most experts knowputantemphasis on a tr transitiones fast from individual means of transport to electric cars, we are heading for upheavals that we will not be able to cope with.

This transition to electric of the entire systememe of transportation is impossible to achieve so quickly.

Dfirst, firsteright because the technology does not allow dgotir performance and autonomy equivalent to current performance. The products are tres different, it will therefore be necessary to imagine states ofdifferent use, as nis not earned and will take a long time. Das much as electric mobility becomes more expensiveere that mobilitythermal star

So, because in the current state of power generation capacity, a country like France will not be able to meet the demand. It is necessary to restart nuclear power plants and above all to launch the EPR program. However, the political choice of all-electric does not seem to bebe accompaniedé by the choice to rebuild an industry based solely on nuclear power.

Finallyall courageethe economy must develop. Currently, the branchre automotive, between manufacturers, subcontractors, dealers, mechanics, distributors, lthe oil industryere, this girletogether with construction and tourism represent the largest employers.

All car manufacturers haverang the doorbell elsewherealarm about the social risks that all-electricity will pose to the country. And this nis not the choice to repatriate industrial buildings in Europe that will solve the problememe.

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In short, an electric car uses four times lessjob therea petrol car or a diesel car. For a cost to the customer 30% more expensive.

It will therefore be necessary to sponsor during the transition periodbuying the car and dealing with unemployment attached to it the mutation.

ILeconomic history, the major changes have spread over soekey. The steam engine, heat engines. Lcar took more than 50 years to become a mass product, like the telephone or television. The microcomputer took 30 years, but digitization (the marriage between the computer and theinternet), under 20 years of age. TodayTodaywe would like to ensure the electrical transition ofcar in 10 years.vsis treis fast and therefore dangerous, especially since this change corresponds to an ideological and political movement.

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