it is therefore voting stop on thermobiles

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 – 7:44 p.m.

Timmermans in Strasbourg: that’s the reason for voting stop thermobiles

Doing so with only 90% by 2035 would chain the industry to the past

Brussels, 7 June (askanews) – The European car industry is definitely not doing a service if the Commission’s proposed target of having 100% new cars by 2035, as requested by the EPP and the right-wing in the European Parliament, is reduced to 90% on market with zero emissions. On the contrary, with this “loophole”, EU builders and the ecosystem of suppliers and related industries would be chained to the past. This is in summary what the European Commission’s Executive Vice President, Frans Timmermans, said this afternoon in Strasbourg, in his speech at the end of the plenary debate in the European Parliament on some legislative measures under the “green agreement” that the classroom should vote tomorrow.

Timmermans began with what he called a confession: “I love cars,” he said, “I have always loved them, and I have repaired them since I was a teenager. I remember every car my dad had, I could even draw them for you. I grew up like this, I still have a car and a motorcycle. But I know it’s a love that needs to change, that I’m addicted to batteries and no longer to oil. Moreover, the electric cars we see are beautiful, they are fun to drive; it is an interesting technology to follow ”. Today, Timmermans continued, “Europe is finally taking action: it is now able to build cars that can compete with American and Asian, even though it has come so very late. And that is something we can blame our car industry for. “We thought we would have an increasingly efficient internal combustion engine and that would save the day. Instead, things went on.”

“Extending the transition to electric mobility – noted the Executive Vice President of the Commission – left a void in the legislation, a loophole so that there is not a complete ban in 2035 for cars that produce emissions, but the possibility of building them, I do not think it helps the car industry at all and it certainly does not help the consumer.If we want a car industry that trades faster to produce affordable electric cars for everyone, we need to make sure it focuses everything it has on just that . ”

And the question, Timmeramns remarked, “concerns not only the manufacturers of machinery, but the whole ecosystem of suppliers. We want to force a supplier of internal combustion engine components to supply these elements in ever smaller quantities, because that will be the reality? What would you see in 90? The% chance is that it would force suppliers to continue producing components for internal combustion engines that would become more and more expensive.This is the economic logic, it’s a matter of economies of scale.So who do you do a favor with this? “Technological development is simply slowing down, and it is a bad choice that we see in any industrial revolution.”

“The longer it takes to make a change that is inevitable, the more it will cost in money and in the form of social suffering; because it is an illusion to link people to a past that has no future. It does not help the European car industry, absolutely not, ”Timmermans emphasized.

“And I’m not even talking,” he added, “about the 100% certainty that these fuels cost much more per kilometer than electricity; and it’s not because they cost a little more: they are three, four, five, six times more expensive. not European citizens the opportunity to drive a clean, affordable, fun, European-made electric car ”.

And here the Vice – President of the Commission responded to another criticism, which was often repeated in the debate of MEPs from the EPP and the right wing, according to which by demanding the replacement of internal combustion vehicles with electric vehicles would be done a favor for China and other Asian countries, which today are the largest producers. “Should everything come from China? But it is absurd: see – he said to MEPs – what happens to batteries: we are moving fast forward, we will quickly become the first battery manufacturer for the future, and they are sustainable and recyclable batteries “Look at what we do for lighter batteries, and those with a wider range, and solar cells, look at the opportunities we have to create recharging infrastructures.”

“Do not link us to the past – Timmermans repeated to the MEPs from the EPP and the right wing – for God’s sake do not link the industry to the past, while instead it needs clarity and not loopholes to do what it has to do, for sustainable mobility for all European citizens “.

“I think – he continued – that this is an essential choice, and I beg you: do the right thing tomorrow, do not suggest a diluted solution that does not help anyone”. A solution that “gives a little respite and a little time, but it does not help anyone, because then you have to build the components for the new technologies”.

In the end, Timmermans responded to another criticism of the right wing, after which the transition to the electric car would create a lot of unemployment. In fact, he explained, “one problem that battery manufacturers face is: can we get enough people to work in our industries? This is our biggest challenge. Do not tell me that so many jobs will be lost because of this transition: jobs will change and our responsibility is to ensure that people are able to accept these new jobs ”, and will be retrained.

‘There is no reason to have other unemployed. Thanks to these new, very interesting technologies, and as we are the best car manufacturers in the world, our industry will define the future if we accept this opportunity. Who knows that Poland is already today the leading manufacturer of electric buses? There you can just see? It means embracing a new technology, embracing the future. This – Timmermans concluded during a speech in plenary – is the reason why you should vote in favor of our proposal tomorrow “.


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