As we wrote recently, the European Commission sees 2035 as the perfect date to switch to 100% electric and abandon thermal engines. But is it really possible? While Pascal Canfin, chairman of the Environment committee in the European Parliament, maintains: “2035 is the right compromise between 2030, which is too early on the industrial and social level, and 2040, which is too late on the climatic level”, France Info sought to find out a little more by consulting Francis Bartholomé, president of the National Council of Automotive Professions.
Hydrogen as a solution?
The latter did not turn around the bush for long by simply declaring: “Switching to a European vehicle fleet with 100% electric vehicles in 2035 is purely impossible”. Mr. Bartholomé details this statement by explaining that the electric park as it is envisaged today with rechargeable batteries is not credible by 2035. He continues by giving according to him a viable solution which is hydrogen . Strongly criticized by Herbert Diess, the current CEO of Volkswagen and Elon Musk, this technology makes it possible to offer an autonomy incomparable to that of rechargeable batteries.
Francis Bartholomé considers that France is well positioned in the hydrogen sector and that it is important to play this card to separate itself from heat engines. The latter is certainly thinking of Hopium, the first French 100% hydrogen manufacturer, which has just unveiled a small wonder. Hydrogen could be a solution to avoid spending astronomical sums on a network of charging stations, but Elon Musk called the technology “An incredibly stupid form of energy storage for cars, barely good for an upper stage of a rocket.”
Pascal Canfin has always specified that it is important to set up funds of several billion dollars to meet the needs of SMEs threatened by this transition to 100% electricity. However, Francis Bartholomé would like to point out that there are significant risks in the automotive industry with this transition. The latter announces that this could represent 40% less activity in all car garages.