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The end of the thermal could threaten 100,000 jobs by 2035

In France, the end of the heat engine could threaten nearly 100,000 jobs by 2035: to counter this loss, the hope of electricity to save jobs is emerging.

The European Union yesterday adopted new measures aimed at reducing CO2 emissions even more significantly over the next few years. In this new agreement which was signed by the deputies, it is planned to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, and the goal of zero carbon is set for 2035.

In recent months, the scheduled end of thermal motor fossil fuel is a matter of concern for the entire industry. Some manufacturers, like Audi for example, have already announced the end of the development of new thermal engines.

In France, 100,000 jobs could be threatened

In its edition of April 21, 2021, Le Figaro reports that the metallurgy observatory evaluated closely 100,000 the number of jobs which could disappear among manufacturers, their subcontractors as well as equipment manufacturers with the end of the thermal industry.

The decrease in the thermal sector could therefore have lasting consequences if no transition is initiated. In this same article, Luc Chatel, the president of the Automotive Platform even affirms that “France is threatened with downgrading”.

Bet on electricity to counter the end of thermal

To counter this inevitable drop in number of jobs that the sector includes, we must focus on the growth of electricity. But the transition could be longer than expected …

One of the sectors that is developing is the electric battery factories. With the emergence among all manufacturers, even French, of electric cars, battery production must follow an increasingly sustained rate.

Recently, Stellantis confirmed the commissioning of the first “Gigafactory” in France, a real battery factory, which could generate between 1,400 and 2,000 jobs in Drouvins (62), by 2030. For the moment, a first block of with a capacity of 8 GWh is planned for 2022, and the The plant should have a total capacity of 24 GWh by 2028-2030.

The end of the thermal is approaching

In Europe, the thermal is living its last hours. With ever more restrictive standards which tighten the emission rates of polluting emissions from engines, manufacturers are forced to bet on 100% electric or at least adopt hybridization.

The last standard Euro 7, which will soon be adopted in 2025, goes in this direction and gives manufacturers a hard time. According to’association of German manufacturers VDA (equivalent to CCFA in France), it would even be a threat to the automotive industry, which considers these standards technically impossible to meet.

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