Why luxury cars are not affected

Why luxury cars are not affected

Ecology yes, but not for the rich? On Wednesday June 8, the European Parliament voted a historic text to ban the sale of hot cars in Europe in 2035.

The text is part of the “Fit for 55” legislative package which should enable the EU to meet its climate targets. It was voted with 339 votes “For” against 249 “Against” and 24 abstentions. An ecological revolution according to environmentalists, but also a revolution for the car industry which can no longer close its eyes and delay its transformation. While some manufacturers have taken the lead in recent years, all others will have to work hard to keep their position in the car market. Finally almost everyone else as some were able to pass between the drops.

The amendment does not allow luxury cars

Through a reasonable adjustmentLuxury manufacturers are not allowed to switch to “zero carbon emission” as our counterpart The worldAudrey Garric on Twitter.

This amendment known as “Ferrari” specifies that models produced in less than 1,000 units per year are not affected by the ban. An argument that can be talked about the lack of balance already considered in terms of ecology. But what can justify such contempt?

It is the Italian car industry that is the origin of these reforms, in order to protect certain characteristics of its economy. During a interview given in 2021 to Bloomberg TV, Roberto Cingolani, Minister of Ecological Transition in Draghi’s government and former member of Ferrari’s board of directors, justified this request by the great difficulty for high-end models to switch to driving electric cars by continuing to make a profit .

A more difficult transition

Citing Ferrari and Lamborghini, he explained that the low volume of models produced makes it more difficult to switch to clean engines because of the low potential economy. If Ferrari announced in 2021 that it the first example 100% electrification will be released in 2025, there is still a lot of work for the manufacturer and their peers before going all-electric.

Roberto Cingolani wanted to be equally sure, saying that Italy is “preparing to launch a gigafactory plan for the production of large-scale batteries” in order to “achieve maximum battery performance independence”.

When asked by 20 minutesMEP Karima Delli (EELV) highlights the sign of this amendment which “still favors the richest” and hopes to see the European Council repeal it on June 28: “It is in this kind of case that the French presidency of the European Union. must act. We have the former Minister of Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari who changed the hydrogen, right? The government must use all its weight to cancel this amendment and apply the regulations to all. »