Is the electric car the right solution to ensure our future mobility without CO2 emissions in a viable way? For several months now, experts and other international agencies, all specializing in the energy sector, have been warning that “battery-powered” cars are on their way out. This morning, it was a French authority, Jean-Marc Jancovici, president of The Shift Project and creator of “Bilan Carbone”, who spoke about TV BFM, on this hot topic. For the engineer graduated from Ecole Polytechnique: “We’re not going to get there. »
This morning, in front of the charming Apolline de Malherbe, Jean-Marc Jancovici, to whom we owe the “Bilan Carbone”, spoke for more than 20 minutes about the energy crisis we are going through and about the future. planet. The position of this great expert on environmental issues is clear and clear. Even though he is in favor of lowering the speed limit on the motorway to reduce CO2 emissions, Jean-Marc Jancovici does not believe in anything in the future of the electric car.
Thus, on the reflection of Apolline de Malherbe “But, for example, if we’re all electric”Jean-Marc Jancovici replied: “It’s an ‘if’ that won’t happen tomorrow morning and I don’t even know if it will. » Then Jean-Marc Jancovici went on to say: “when you look at the amount of materials that would be needed to have a fleet of electric cars in the world, always with cars of a ton or a ton and a half that are powered by electricity. » Soon after, he delivers his truth about the electric car:“We’re not going to get there. It means there’s it also has physical limits on the amount of metal available on Earth, on the speed with which we open mines. » The full interview with Jean-Marc Jancovici, conducted by Apolline de Malherbe this morning at BFTMTV, is available in video by clicking here.
Jean-Marc Jancovici, the creator of “Bilan Carbone” in the early 2000s, when he was working at the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), also spoke out on the topic of nuclear energy. It can be seen on video by clicking “Play” below.
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➡ 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 IEA (International Energy Agency) (IEA). In its lengthy 2022 study report called “Global EV Outlook 2022” (EV: Electric Vehicle), the IEA also announces a likely shortage of essential raw materials for the production of so-called “zero emission” cars: “The rapid increase in electric vehicle sales during the pandemic has tested the resilience of battery supply chains, and Russia’s war in Ukraine has further compounded the challenge. Prices for raw materials such as cobalt, lithium and nickel have soared. In May 2022, lithium prices were more than seven times higher than in early 2021.”
That’s not all, as indicated 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 sector’s success allowed us to break new sales records and this is extremely encouraging. However, there is no room for complacency. Policymakers, industry leaders and investors need to 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 key clean energy technologies. »
Until our politicians react and automakers can “turn around” electric cars, knowing that they have spent colossal financial resources to develop them, it will take some time. In about fifteen years, electric cars should become vintage and collector’s cars…
Finally, the document “Global EV Outlook 2022” 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