“I spent more time charging it than sleeping.” Here is the truth about the electric car

A few days ago, the European Parliament formalized a moratorium on the sale of diesel and petrol cars from 2035. The proposal had already been broadcast in the halls of the Brussels building a few months ago. In these hours, the final decision has arrived, to the delight of environmentalists and policy makersren and politics in the name of “sustainability”.

Despite the high praise for Europe as it struggles against planet destruction, pollution and climate change, the vote threatens to generate at least three concrete risks, not just from a geopolitical point of view, but specifically from an economic and production point of view.

electric car cost

If we consider the cheapest electricity, The cost is from 20 or 22 thousand euros. Certainly an important figure, especially if we are talking about the lower middle class social class, which is also obligated to follow what Brussels imposed from 2035. The problem is not with the rich income groups, but precisely those who own and use the same. A car every day for more than a decade: do they want to keep the Euro3 because they are particularly fond of it or, as the logic dictates, they can’t buy a Tesla electric car because it is economically inconvenient? The answer is in fact spontaneous, immediate and clear. However, it seems that in the chambers of the European Parliament these details were not taken into account.

Furthermore, as reported by Rachel Wolf, on Columns Fox BusinessAn electric car requires much longer maintenance times than diesel or simple petrol. This culminates in the moment of recharging: “I rented an electric car on a four-day, two-thousand-kilometre trip, from New Orleans to Chicago: I spent more time charging it than sleeping.” Wolf certainly admits saving about $100 compared to a full tank of gas, but On a 7 hour planned trip, it took over 12. Almost twice the specified amount. Added to this is the lack of preparedness – especially the Italian – in implementing “sustainable mobility”, given the scarcity of columns in cities.

Function Alarm

In an economic context that has been severely tested by the pandemic crisis and the ever-increasing increase in inflation, even the choice of Brussels will have its catacombs. A few weeks ago, in fact, the chiefs of the Confindustria del Nord sounded a loud and clear ultimatum: If we do not act in the short term, There is a risk that 70,000 jobs in the supply chain will be skipped. Indeed, as previously said: “It is not only a problem of seats, but rather a problem of coexistence for those who will be called to change the old car.”

The transition from diesel to electric will not only bring about a change in social habits, but will also bring real disruption to the working, social and family life of each core. It is not at all admitted that this is heading in a more beneficial direction.

gift for china

The Minister of Economic Development himself, Giancarlo Giorgetti, defined the Brussels vote as an “ideological choice”: “The fate of the car is not only electric, unless you want to give a gift to China that stands before everyone.” Well, yes, why Beijing is the capital of the hybrid car. The European Union is in danger of surrendering to its main opponent, economically and geopolitically, one of the few strategic sectors in which it excels globally.

These risks were also shown, early on, by Sergio Marchionne, someone who knows more about cars than European bureaucrats. The great entrepreneur not only remembered how “emissions of an electric car, when energy is produced from fossil fuels, are equivalent to a gasoline-powered car,” but that these vehicles are configured as a “double-edged sword”: It is the Chinese strategy to get the West out of the way of the sector it was its founder and prosecutor. So far, it turns out, the EU is applying Beijing’s concessions to rhetoric.

In addition to the world of fairy tales, the planet of the “Little Prince”, there are still concrete problems of reality, and the needs that any gathering must face, before deciding on the options that are likely to be able to shake the life of every citizen. A sustainable policy can and should be undertaken, but under certain conditions: are we willing to reconcile it with human needs, or do we want to pursue it haphazardly? Unlike Beijing, Brussels appears to be implementing the second option. And it would be suicide.

Matteo Milanesi, June 12, 2022

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