In 2022, driving a car costs an average of €4,214 per year

The association defends the exit from the “all-car” thermal plant, which would involve the development of mobility alternatives, carpooling and car sharing, as well as the acceleration of the adoption of electric cars.

Driving a thermal car will cost more and more each year

Owning a personal vehicle in addition to its usefulness for travel related to work life gives the impression (or the illusion) of freedom and control of the family budget. But in reality, driving a car is expensive.

In 2022, the estimated cost of owning and using the car reached 4,210 euros, or around 350 euros/month, calculated the association Réseau Action Climat. This calculation includes the cost of registration (45 euros), fuel and lubricants (1,419 euros), paid parking (171 euros), tolls (62 euros), spare parts and accessories (150 euros), maintenance and repairs (983 euros), insurance (227 euros) as well as the discount or cost of the long-term rental (1,157 euros). Of course, these price indications are an average and will vary from one home to another.

Fuel prices are on the rise again – © Jan von nebenan

This cost is expected to increase further in 2023, mainly due to rising fuel prices: the OECD, for example, predicts a 10% increase in oil prices in 2023. And the increase could be even greater in the coming years., as oil inventories dwindle and the European Union stops buying Russian oil directly. Furthermore, it seems increasingly uncertain that the state will continue to support the purchase of fuel indefinitely. From this perspective, driving a personal car could cost 4,920 euros in 2027, calculated the Réseau Action Climat.

Réseau Action Climat believes the government can do much more

Despite this, from Monday to Friday, a French person spends an average of 1h02 a day traveling, that is, about 3 trips a day and an average distance per trip of 8.7 kilometers. 63% of daily trips are made by car. As for the kilometers traveled, 82% are by car. This trend can be seen even in the shortest journeys, as 41% of journeys of less than 5 kilometers are made by car.

the cost of maintaining a vehicle is more than 1,000 euros per year © 16:00 production

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O car dependence, and more particularly to fossil fuels, the precariousness and inequalities of fuel. 13.3 million people are therefore in a situation of “precarious mobility” in France and 5.3 million French people are affected by car dependence.

Réseau Action Climat calls on the government to do much more to end the use of “all cars” thermal. The association asks for an increase in the amounts allocated to the bicycle fund, the “Bicycle Bonus”, aid for the purchase of an electrically assisted bicycle (VAE) has been increased and extended but not enough and the conditions too drastic.
It would also be desirable:

  • make mandatory the sustainable mobility package (which allows employers to contribute to the financing of the “smooth mobility” of their workers);
  • promote intermodality between public transport and cycling, establish a ” weather ticket » (grant mechanism that allows access to the entire offer of public transport for the equivalent of one euro per day);
  • improve the social and environmental effectiveness of the conversion bonus, establish a ” zero rate mobility loan » across the country, implement a social lease system to promote access to electric mobility;
  • reinforcing the weight penalty to redirect vehicle production towards lighter cars,
  • better support the developmentshared car and solidarity ride everyday life (especially in less densely populated areas);
  • provide Maisons France with a mission to support and advise mobility and, finally, rethink the territorial cohesion policy in order to reduce the distances necessary for carrying out daily activities.

Daily mobility is characterized by the predominant role of the car in our journeys. However, this mobility system built around the entire car and the individual car is now at the end of its life. These proposals for measures for a fairer and more sustainable mobility, in order to implement alternatives to everyday mobility as soon as possible.

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A journalist by training, Anton writes about climate change, pollution, energy, transport, as well as animals and wildlife.


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