The sale of new petrol or diesel cars will be banned from 2035 in the European Union. Nevertheless, sales of used cars will still be possible and we can continue to drive with the one we have today.
According to the chairman of the European Parliament’s environment committee, Pascal Canffin, it is a “historic decision”. Pascal Canffin said to himself satisfied after the vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday 8 June. But this decision raises the question of an industry that must begin a radical shift, and of consumers who will have to find their way in terms of performance and purchasing power.
RTL auto specialist Christophe Bourroux in debate with the former minister and president of the automotive platform Luc Chatel, which brings together the entire sector in France, including 4,000 companies, manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, subcontractors… who bring together in all 40,000 jobs.
Europe “is turning its back on 100 years of expertise and automotive industrial know-how”
Manufacturers have started developing electric cars, with their market share increasing 10-fold in four years. “They will be there”, there will have to be “enough terminals” and “buyers”, explains Luc Chatel. For this, it will also be necessary for these cars to be sold at an acceptable price for the consumer.
That said, “we also put ourselves in a state of vassalage vis-à-vis China”, notes Pascal Praud. “Europe was sovereign in automotive matters” from now on, “it chooses a technology from 2035 that it does not master” recognizes Luc Chatel. Europe will thus become “dependent on Congo, Cameroon, Russia or China” especially to source rare metals to make the batteries for these electric cars.”It’s not a small decision that was made yesterday“, he explains, since “we are turning our backs on 100 years of expertise and automotive industrial know-how”.
Christophe Bourroux explains that an electric car pollutes two to three times less than a thermal car according to the studies that have been carried out. But these cars also emit particles. “It’s not 100% clean. There is a slight advantage to electric, but it’s not spectacular either,” he explains.
The automotive industry will have to adapt
“Builders will be there, but there is a whole sector that will have to diversify and retrain, find other outlets in the medical, space or aeronautical sectors”, explains Luc Chatel. The adaptation “will take time”, he continues.
The “social damage is estimated at 65,000 to 100,000 jobs” before the covid crisis. “I fear that we are in the order of magnitude of eliminating 100,000 jobs”, declares Luc Chatel. We will have to try to “limit the impact on the automotive industry”, he points out.
Considerable investments are expected
The issue of recharging at terminals will also pose a problem for the general public. “We have 60,000 charging stations and we have made projections: if we want to respect the increase in charge of electric vehicles in Europe, France should approximately 1 million charging stations. Imagine the road ahead,” explains Luc Chatl. “These are considerable investments. knowing that “in one out of two cases, for the moment, one out of two terminals does not work” emphasizes Pascal Praud.
“Today, there are hundreds of billions of euros already invested by manufacturers for this shift”, explains Luc Chatel at the microphone of RTL. Tomorrow, Friday June 10, he will go to Bercy to discuss these subjects with Bruno Le Maire.