This morning: green planning through automotive proof.
We have been talking a lot for a few weeks on ecological planning, and when we say “we” it is Jean-Luc Mélenchon taken over by Emmanuel Macron. Ah, what a great discovery! As if we were going to go from night to day with these words, with these concepts and with the establishment of a new governmental structure. What is curious is that ecological planning already exists, particularly in the automobile sector (one could also speak of industry), and that it produces results. But since it’s concrete and the car smells bad in the minds of a certain number of public officials, nobody’s interested… Well, what are we talking about? It is not by some mysterious miracle that electric cars are progressing in all the countries of the European Union; it’s good because the governments and the Commission in Brussels are forcing manufacturers to drastically reduce, year after year, the CO2 emissions of the cars they put on the market. Under penalty of fines. Manufacturers are innovating, most states (behind) have implemented bonuses, and on arrival, we are witnessing a spectacular shift. In the first quarter, in Western Europe, nearly one in four new cars sold (22%) is 100% electric or plug-in hybrid (this total does not even include plug-free hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius ). In Norway, it’s even 90%. That’s 546,000 electric vehicles sold, led by the Volkswagen group, followed by Stellantis and then Tesla. And it will continue. Well, the automobile sector and Europe were doing ecological planning without knowing it, just as Mr. Jourdain was doing prose without knowing it. Everything is fine, then? No, there are two difficulties. One: it is wealthy households who buy electric cars, which are expensive, and which are mainly helped by public funds. It will be urgent to help the less well-off the day when the city centers (the famous low emission zones) will be inaccessible to classic cars (that is to say very quickly). Two, there is the issue of public charging stations. There are more than 50,000, which is not bad. But to put it mildly, the KWh is not always sold at an attractive price: it happens that traveling 100 km in electric is as expensive as with conventional fuel and that it is not really displayed. There, it is the role of the State to supervise the limits, the good and the bad practices – one can call that planning if that makes it possible to advance more quickly.