I re. In Vernon, mechanics are not convinced with electric car: “It’s just a gimmick”

Christian Mazure, manager of the Pacific garage in Vernon (Eure). ©The Vernon Democrat

Christian Mazure is the manager of the Pacific garage in Vernon (Eure). for him, the electric car it’s just a gimmick. Here are his arguments:

In your opinion, is the electric car not as green as it is said to be?

Contrary to what some would have us believe, the electric car it’s just a gimmick. It is neither green nor economically profitable, but no one dares to tell the truth. For example, when I am told that an electric car reduces greenhouse gas, I smile a little. You have to integrate the Production and the recycling. Just to make a single battery, large caterpillars filled with water are needed. fuel is at diesel shake more than 200 tons of rock in distant lands to extract rare metals. And then, we realized that an electric car generates as much or even more carbon than a thermal car. We just relocated the pollution. Not to mention that to produce it we need 40% less manpower and when we have 5 million Unemployed in France, this raises questions from an economic point of view.

“Where will the batteries be recycled?” »

And recycling?

It is said that the battery life is 10 or 15 years, but nobody talks about recycling: where are they going to be recycled and at what cost? Will we continue to export our waste to developing countries? At the the 70’sremember, many contested the nuclear. Today everything seems forgotten: we are told that nuclear energy does not pollute. Now maybe, but are we thinking about future generations? Who will recycle the uranium and where? If we bury it at a depth of 300 m, instead of in the air, it is the earth that we will pollute.

Charging station problem

And in use?

Already, you should know that to offset the CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions generated by the manufacture of batteries, the electric car must travel 80,000 km before its balance is positive in terms of pollution in relation to a thermal car. And you have to find a charging station: to fill up this summer in the freeway service areas, you had to wait an hour and a half. And while we can’t successfully heat our homes this winter, because of the lack of electricity, the government continues in this direction. But how are we going to recharge them? And at what cost? If, at the beginning, it was not expensive, a recent comparison showed that to go from Paris to Saint-Malo, the cost of electricity was over 70 euros. With a diesel or ethanol car, it would have been much cheaper.

dwindling resources

Like Christian Mazure, Vernon’s mechanics seem unconvinced by the rise of the electric car. How are we going to change the entire fleet of cars when we are having trouble producing electricity? “Asks Olivier Gauffre, manager of the SGA Bosh garage in Vernon.
For him, with the crisis in the nuclear sector and the rise of renewable energy, the production of electricity will not be able to meet the growing demand in the face of the emergence of electric cars.
However, he admits that the maintenance of an electric vehicle is no more complicated than that of a thermal vehicle. In addition, he raises an important point: the extraction of rare earths.
In order to research the metals used in electric car batteries, it is necessary to remove more than a thousand m3 of earth for a rather small amount. This resource is decreasing, as we already use it in batteries for our appliances, our smartphones… So imagine for the entire French car fleet! “, he worries.
In addition, the mechanic recalls what had been done to favor diesel engines over gasoline, which were considered more polluting. “Finally, 10 years later, we were told that diesel is more polluting than gasoline.” According to him, it is better not to generalize and choose a car, be it electric, gasoline or diesel, depending on the use made.

And that cost, according to you, should increase even more…

Not only are electric cars much more expensive to buy, but their use is becoming less and less profitable. Currently you pretty much 70% gasoline taxes. But tomorrow, if everyone goes electric, the French state will have to defer its electricity taxes. He will be able to do this thanks to the Linky meter that is programmed to differentiate between domestic consumption and car charging: when you recharge your battery at home, it detects it and you will be taxed…

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