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Dear Porro, that’s why you’re wrong about the electric car – La Posta

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Dear Porro, that’s why you’re wrong about the electric car – La Posta
Written by aquitodovale

Dear Leek,

on the electric car is wrong and I explain why starting from Leek soup dedicated to the comment on the decision of the European Parliament regarding the stop to internal combustion engine cars from 2035.

You say that with the Chinese having the advantage over battery production, the European industry is at risk. It is undeniable that China has a historic supremacy over the production of electronics and batteries. The point is to untie once and for all from this rhetoric and act with a view to progress in which finally, because it would be now and there is the time to do it, the Italian automotive industry takes a step forward and invests in reconversion, research and development by setting clear and verifiable objectives. Exactly as other big names in the sector such as Volkswagen and Audi (both German, therefore European, not Chinese) have already begun to do for years.

Then, in general, are we sure that the automotive industry and market will really depress that dramatically? The data about the propensity to buy electric, photographed by EY Mobility consumer indexnote that 70% of Italians who want to change cars would do so by leaning towards an electric car. Another interesting fact: the best-selling electric car in Europe in April was the electric Fiat 500, ergo Stellantis group. Also in this case let’s stop opposing what can instead become a new opportunity in a changing world and not because Greta decides it but because it has always happened and will happen.

Incidentally, let’s not ignore that the American auto industry is also shifting to production of electric-only vehiclesand I don’t really think America wants to kill its automotive industry (whose syndicate is one of the strongest in the US) in favor of Chinese manufacturing.

Remaining in Europe I would like to report some data relating to the alleged end of the Motor Valley. Well Motor Valley produces elite, ultra-sports cars. A good comparison can be made with Porsche, which in 2021 sold more electric Taycans, albeit by little, compared to the legendary petrol-powered 911. We are not talking about growth percentages but about the number of cars actually produced and sold. Perhaps fans of high-performance cars are more likely to switch to electric than you think?

Returning to Italy Ferrari it will have its first battery-powered model in 2025, is building a third plant for electric cars, and will also produce batteries. Lamborghini is aiming for 2028 for the release of the first electric model, and the implementation of a philosophy that aims at even higher performance precisely by virtue of the electric motorization. Maserati will have the full electric range as early as 2030.

He then spoke of the possibility that yes are losing jobs. Well it depends on how companies will move. Will they stand still and wait for 2035 to arrive? Then yes, jobs will be lost. I am always a little surprised by the estimates made with I never know which method regarding the increase or reduction of jobs: 500,000 in Europe! 70,000 only in the related industries in Lombardy! Terror!

In reality the cars will continue to be produced, and the components will still be needed, is always. You won’t need internal combustion engines, and what you need to make them work (transmission, clutch, etc.). So? Not only are there 12 years to prepare to produce different components, but in reality the times are more extended. By 2035, there will still be millions and millions of endothermic vehicles to be serviced, and there will also be markets further back than Europe that will require internal combustion engines for a while. So where is the problem, the real one? Perhaps a pinch of entrepreneurial laziness? It is well known that it costs and effort to innovate.

In May 1961, President Kennedy declared before Congress that he intended to take a man to the moon by the end of the decade (a month earlier the Russians had sent Gagarin into space, I guess he was sick). It took NASA 8 years to keep its commitment and go to the Moon. Our companies will be able to change their production in 12 years, I am sure.

In any case that of professional retraining and the training of resources is an issue that should be addressed and developed. We have unique opportunities right now, we have the PNRR and a Ministry dedicated to Ecological Transition. The Ministry of the Environment had a budget of only one billion a year, the Ministry of Ecological Transition has a budget of 15 billion a year or more. In addition, funds are also made available to keep in Italy the people who can really make a difference as researchers etc … An example has already been born, if we want, in Think Tank The Urban Mobility Council or the National Center for Sustainable Mobility you talk about yourself on this blog and it is an excellent example of how large groups and universities cooperate with a vision to give solutions to the country.

Regarding the “executives of the car manufacturers” and their opinions in front of and behind the cameras, which he referred to in the video, I have never had contact with executives who profess to be pro-electric in public but in private they think it is madness, I only see statements CEO officers of publicly traded groups who they are investing billions of euros in the transition to electric mobilityin some cases even with shorter-term conversion plans than in 2035. Is it credible that they are all crazy, or that they are all cheating on their shareholders by throwing their money away?

Also already in 2018 Volkswagen it declared its intention to become the “most profitable producer of electric cars in the world”, increasing productivity by 30% by 2025. Just as Audi has never been silent on its desire to phase out the production of models with internal combustion engines. Volkswagen is also starting its third plant in China that will only produce electric cars, and this month it will present an electric model made mainly for the Chinese market and also has a plant for the production of batteries that will reach 180,000 battery packs per year. .

She then pointed out that the still high cost of the electric car. This is true, the electric car today still has too high an undeniable cost. Then? Perhaps the first Personal Computers, those with 640Kb of ram, had affordable prices? Or were the first mobile phones, those transportable with handle and microphone, within everyone’s reach? Clearly there will be a period of development and optimization, and the car manufacturers (whose interest is to sell vehicles, perhaps it is worth remembering) will progressively lower the price of electric cars to be able to sell them to everyone. It is a process that has always happened with every innovation, it will happen again.

I would also like to dispel his strong doubts for the actual realization of the gigafactory in our country. Well, it is undeniable that the regulations must evolve according to these objectives by simplifying, stimulating and speeding up (always with common sense) the construction of broad-spectrum renewable energy plants. Incidentally, however, it should be remembered that Italy will also be far behind, as some complain, but 38% of electricity consumption derives from a renewable production mix.

Refers to gigafactory for the production of batteries? And maybe even those for their recycling? (Automotive batteries are not disposed of, they are recycled). The gigafactory there are, are under construction, and others are announced. Clearly always from the usual entrepreneurs who are cheating on their shareholders and throwing their money away? Here an interesting detailed photograph the situation across Europe.

As for his perplexity that “the internal combustion engine car is not the only polluting element in our society “(think of electronic devices such as I-Phones etc … distributed massively among the population), so why oppose the car itself?”We report some numbers and considerations on the car, its ownership and usage habits in industrialized countries and in Italy. First of all it should be emphasized that Italy is a virtuous nation and produces just under 1% of total CO2.

Having said that, the data that measure the impact of combustion vehicles on the environment speak for themselves and are not reassuring numbers. Let’s read the figures (of the year 2020), reported in this regard by theEuropean Environment Agency: “While other economic sectors, such as power generation and industry have mostly reduced their emissions since 1990, emissions from transport increased. Transport is currently responsible for over a quarter of total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and no turnaround is expected. This makes the transport sector a major obstacle to achieving EU climate protection objectives. Cars, vans, trucks and buses produce over 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by transport. The remaining share comes mainly from sea and air transport “.

In short, Nicola, we can’t go too fast, causing social unrest but we can’t go too slow either, otherwise climate change becomes irreversible. And in the meantime China, if that is the concern, would acquire even more of that technological advantage you mentioned. We must move quickly, the transition to electric mobility is just one of the strategies of the Ecological Transition for the fight against climate change, probably among those that affect our habits the most. However, the quality of our life on the planet is at stake, we cannot ignore this.

Alberto Stecca, CEO of Silla Industries



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