The European Parliament approved yesterday, Wednesday, June 8, the proposal for the new climate package “ Fit for 55 aiming, for the automobile, ban the sale of thermal vehicles (private and commercial) from 2035 in Europe. A measure that is a real turning point for the sector when French law set this deadline at 2040 through the Climate & Resilience law. Manufacturers will therefore have to, in thirteen years, make their ” revolution “. And even if, unsurprisingly, they mostly say “ ready » to face this new reality, with large investments in research and development, as well as in production lines, the step still seems high.
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An “inevitable” change
For all the brands or automotive groups that we can reach, the result of this vote is not surprising. ” The European Parliament sent today a clear and expected sign for climate protection : the switch to electromobility is irreversible. It is the only sensible ecological, technological and economical way to replace combustion engines as quickly as possible. », comments the Volkswagen Group. ” The date has been known for a year, so this vote is no surprise “, we were told at Kia France. But if this twist seems inevitable and in the logic of things, it won’t just make people happy. that stays a political decision with consequences for millions of people who work in an ever-changing industry and/or who need their car to commute and cannot currently afford an electric vehicle.
A realistic ambition?
So, on the side of Organs representative bodiesthe alarm bell is ringing: Thermal ban is a big leap into the void, and an industrial escape “, denounced this Thursday Luc Chatel, president of automotive platform (PFA), on the air of BFM Business. ” By enclosing itself in a single solution, Europe chooses to produce less and pollute more “, comments Xavier Horent, general delegate of the Mobilists.
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Interestingly (or not…), among manufacturers, the comments are much less virulent and the optimism even seems appropriate. It must be said that brands have been preparing to face this great challenge for a few years now. The last few months have also seen each group announce their action plan for the coming years, a sort of race against time com for each a horizon close to that defined by the climate package “ Fit for 55 “.” We will continue to follow the plan presented by the group in the 1st last march “, we assure Stellantis. same story for Kia France which, with a 100% electric vehicle number one in sales in 2021, tackles the subject with confidence. See you” in the right direction for the image of the automotive sector when a decision to the contrary could have been harmfultells us Lionel French Keogh, president of Hyundai Motor France. We can always argue that an electric car does not have zero emissions but one thing is for sure, whether battery or fuel cell, it is much better than thermal. The good news is that we have ten years to prepare. If we often complain because political time is not in line with industrial time, in this case the perspective is given, leaving us time to think about changes. »
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Necessary conditions for success
On the side of other manufacturers, we emphasize, however, the need to meet all the right conditions for the success of this bet for the future “.” We welcome this decision », answer us Mercedes-Benz Groupwhat is said to be ready to be fully electric whenever market conditions allow “. According to their spokespersons, the resolution obliges politicians to provide the necessary infrastructure. What is decisive for successful climate protection in all modes of transport is theacceptance of new technologiesnot banning traditional technologies “. An opinion shared by volkswagen group that remembers that it is now important that policy objectives are also supported by corresponding policy measures in all Member States. These include sufficient supply of battery cells, much faster expansion thancharging infrastructure and an accelerated energy transition. For Lionel French Keogh of Hyundai Motor FranceEuropean authorities will have to ensure uniform development of the electricity market in the Old Continent. Why ” While in France, Germany, the Netherlands and even Norway growth is on track, in other countries the electric vehicle market is almost non-existent. The approach must be national, but also and above all European, seen in a global way. “, he concludes.