NGO WWF is advocating for the government to introduce a weight penalty for electric cars that are considered excessively heavy.
Weight has always been a concern, particularly for sports cars, and now environmental organizations and NGOs are focusing on the issue for environmental reasons. The heavier a car, the more fuel it consumes. This is why there is a push to address SUVs, which are considered more polluting even if their weight may be similar to that of a sedan or a station wagon. Some organizations want to take this a step further.
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The WWF, for example, has spoken out against electric cars, specifically those that are considered excessively heavy. In a recent study, the environmental organization explains that zero-emission models are too heavy and therefore require more resources and rare metals. The organization is concerned that there may be a shortage of these resources, particularly lithium, nickel, and cobalt, if the situation does not improve. They project this could happen “by the end of the decade,” especially “if the entire world adopted as many electric SUVs as the French« .
Consequently, the organization advocates for the introduction of a weight penalty for the heaviest electric cars, as well as the elimination of the ecological bonus. They propose that the government ” reserve the ecological bonus for electric cars only weighing less than 1.6 tonnes“. Additionally, the WWF also suggests “ a special scheme to allow larger families to qualify for the bonus when purchasing a car weighing more than 1.6 tonnes (but less than 2.2 tonnes), and a reduced penalty for the purchase of a heavy electric car due to its spaciousness« .
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