The electric car for all after Macron’s election?

Welcome to Tesla Magazine: we will explain how Macron intends to make the electric car accessible via a leasing for a hundred euros per month. The objective is both ecological, by replacing polluting vehicles with carbon-free vehicles, and to strengthen purchasing power, by reducing the impact of fuel prices on the budgets of these households. But the implementation of such a promise is less easy than it seems…

What is it exactly?

It is not a question of subsidizing all purchases of electric cars, such as the ecological bonus or the conversion bonus. The measure is a more targeted action to allow 100,000 modest households per year to acquire an electric car by paying rental rent with supervised monthly payments.

However, we will have to wait to see who will be the partners and/or manufacturers who will be able to provide access to this offer, and on which models of electric vehicles, to judge the attractiveness of the proposal. The conditions of the contracts will also have to be studied carefully, so that the measure does not end up bringing more problems than solutions to these motorists.

Behind the promise, multiple brakes

Means-tested

Asked about the subject, Emmanuel Macron said on the set of France Inter: You need a third party guarantor “. In particular, he would like this third-party guarantor to be Caisse des Dépôts. This leasing will be means-tested “. ” This is what we are going to define and agree, because we are not going to pay leasing to households who have the means “, he pointed.

Up to a certain level of income you will be eligible for a certain device, which allows you to take into account your remaining dependents, which for example, when you are a couple who receive the minimum wage or a little more than you can not , despite the aid, buy an electric vehicle because you have a remaining charge which will be 12, 13 or 15,000 euros . So, either automotive captives or Caisse des Dépôts, we are going to create a system that will link the two, and that will allow you to be eligible for this ” ticket office “, and which will allow you under conditions of resources to have access to this vehicle for 80 euros, 90 euros per month “, continued the president.

Are the French ready to go electric?

The French car fleet is ageing, and the most modest households generally keep their combustion engine vehicle for as long as possible. These are most often cars, whose CO2 emissions can be high, and which are (or will soon be) targeted by access restrictions to large cities. In addition, Macron’s proposal is in line with the IPCC reports, by helping the ecological transition towards vehicles that do not emit greenhouse gases. What to seduce!

If the approach is honorable to help these households to switch to non-polluting vehicles, it is however likely to end up confronted with the reality on the ground. Indeed, many motorists are not ready to switch to electric vehicles. If the main obstacle concerns the price of vehicles, the constraints of recharging do exist.

It should be launched a very expensive investment plan for the installation of numerous charging stations, particularly in disadvantaged suburbs close to cities, to support this transition.

Towards “the electric car for all”?

With the current context of supply difficulties and rising raw material prices, it is difficult to imagine that this revolution in the automotive industry could take place across the whole of France, and even the whole of Europe, as quickly as desired. Moreover, even if the offer of electric vehicles is expanding, it does not fully meet the aspirations of customers.

These still favor electrified thermal engines, even if the share of electric is increasing. The infrastructures are progressing, but are still not sufficient to accommodate a vehicle fleet geared towards 100% electric… As for electricity productionnecessary to power an all-electric car fleet, she is always debating !

One of Macron’s flagship proposals for the ecological transition therefore promises to be complicated to honor in the current state of affairs.

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