“In Norway many incentives highways and free parking free access in the centers”

A past as editor-in-chief of Quattroruote, an education in mechanical engineering, founder and car manager of the Consumer Movement as well as test driver for Moto Guzzi and columnist for RAI and other important newspapers. Enrico De Vita is a reference point in Italy for mobility, and after living and working in Sweden and Norway, he also speaks that language perfectly, enabling him to have a clear vision of what is happening here and in the rest of Europe.

Engineer De Vita, what do you think about the ban on the sale of thermal engines from 2035?

“That Europe is the only continent that has applied such legislation, while the rest of the world will continue as normal, and therefore nothing will change in terms of environmental impact, but there may actually be consequences. Let me explain: Sale of new vehicles with traditional engines will be banned but production will not be banned.So absurdly enough we will be able to continue building cars in Italy, export them to Tunisia and then return them to Italy as used vehicles and circumvent the ban As you can see a colossal nonsense ».

Why do you think only one electric car fleet in Europe can work counterproductively?

“Because we need batteries, precious materials like lithium, manganese, cobalt and more. Produced in China, they will therefore have to increase production to meet the growing demand and therefore increase the ecological impact on the land. A vicious circle and a general contradiction ».

Do we know what the Italian situation is like, what is happening abroad?

“In Norway, a country I know well, they have called for electric cars with a wealth of funds. They do not pay for the motorways, they do not pay for parking, they have free access to the center of Oslo, which is forbidden for all types of vehicles. There are significant buying incentives. They can afford it because they have a huge production of hydropower, produced in the summer by the melting of the glaciers and stored in the winter when the production for ice stops. They also have huge oil fields in the North Sea and therefore sell the oil on and are self-sufficient in electricity. The ideal condition. The problem is that the money for the incentives comes from excise duties on traditional fuels, and therefore they now have to find out where to get the money.

How are we doing in France instead?

“They had the national manufacturer, which was the first to believe in the electric, but now they are with the Renault group on one side pushing and the Stellantis group on the other, which is stubborn. So politically, if a decision benefits one, it punishes the other. They have nuclear power plants and produce energy, which they also sell to us Italians. They are equipping themselves with infrastructures to meet an increase in the electric car fleet, but they have the basis to supply energy at competitive costs ».

Spain, which as a country most resembles ours?

“Large investments and large incentives on electricity, which increases quotas significantly, but even there the incentives stem from taxes on fuels, increased for pure commercial speculation and not for lack of oil. That is, the incentives for electricity are also paid by those who do not have an electric car and do not want it, but at the petrol pump they finance the part of the population that uses them ‘.

Germany, a country with large car manufacturers, seems to be driving at two speeds.

“The German government has actually established a policy of securing jobs, and car manufacturers are adapting, but German policy is pushing everything that has a hint of organic and green, with the result perhaps creating major problems for everyone. They are the ones who pushed in Europe for this drastic decision and forgot about the setbacks. They did so already in 1998 by forcing the whole of Europe to use unleaded petrol, banning leaded petrol because it is more organic. In the end, the green contained highly carcinogenic aromatic hydrocarbons, and it took years to intervene. Not to mention the bans in CFR, from refrigerators to car air conditioners … “

The rest of Europe instead?

“All bad. Let’s not forget that with the Euro 1-2-3 etc cars game we have changed the parking lot often and all these cars have been resold in eastern countries or in Greece. To think that suddenly they can no longer use these cars and switching to electric as a whole is utopia.In terms of emissions, Europe represents only 3% of the total number.This 2035 norm may affect the produced 3 percent, causing an increase of more than 30-40 in these countries , China (estimated at more than 20 percent), Asia in general and also Africa, which will compensate with an increase in production. European requests “.

But are you against or a supporter of the electric?

“Wrong question: as a technician, I analyze all the current options and assess their pros and cons. If I tell you that my son, engineer and driver, has achieved the world speed record with an electric vehicle (Bertone’s Zer, ed.) Driving it on the track and with the advice we have exchanged, you will see how I am not biased against any. form of mobility. I repeat that the ban at European level is wrong, counterproductive, because it only obliges builders to adapt, but does not oblige governments to infrastructure. To have all the necessary energy, the renewable sources present today are not sufficient, the only thing left is the return to nuclear power. Was that what the environmentalists wanted? ‘

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