Europe wants to set very ambitious CO2 bans and targets, but France and Germany fear a too brutal transition.
The majority of governments now agree on one point: diesel and gasoline vehicles will eventually be banned for sale. But the deadline in question is becoming a subject of tensions, in France and in Europe. Indeed, the European Union has decided to fix the ban on the sale of thermals for 2035. However, this ban has been announced. in France for 2040… A gap of 5 years that could make all the difference for a automotive industry already weakened.
France wants to put in place a more flexible objective, which would focus on 55% reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 2021. To do this, no complete ban on thermal, and especially the maintenance of the plug-in hybrid beyond 2035. The latter is now more and more popular, and allows manufacturers to adapt its ranges smoothly in the face of ever more restrictive CO2 targets.
Europe wants to see the emissions fall by 65% by 2030. A more ambitious goal, which will inevitably bring its share of more restrictive measures. What poses a danger to the auto industry and its jobs: a recent study shows that 100,000 jobs are at risk in France by a sudden electrical transition. La Plateforme Automobile, the main automotive lobby group in France, estimates that investments of up to 17.5 billion euros are necessary to consolidate the sector and develop the infrastructure necessary for the transition: charging stations, battery factories, hydrogen stations, etc.
For its part, Germany wants postpone the decision of Europe. If its industry is a little more solid, the stakes are also high for the country. German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer warned that European objectives must be ” technically feasible“, And that there must be a greater effort on hydrogen for heavy goods vehicles.
In short, Germany and France both want curb Europe’s ambitious goals. The two countries being the most influential in the European Union, a compromise could be found, but the EU seems for the moment very intransigent on the subject. A political affair to be followed in the coming months, and which could have a considerable impact on manufacturers such as Renault, Stellantis, Mercedes, BMW or the Volkswagen group.
Source : Automotive News
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