The car becomes a luxury, not a means of transportation. Blame ecologists!January 22, 2019
The head of the supervisory board of VW, Hans-Dieter Petsh, mentioned this in his interview. In connection with the new legislation on CO2 emissions, new social problems also arise. Production of cars is becoming so complicated that they can no longer be cheap.
Hans-Dieter Petsh noted that the time is past when it was possible to purchase a budget car for less than 20 thousand euros. When the “green” are seeking to tighten environmental standards, for some reason, no one thinks about the wallets of ordinary, not very wealthy citizens who can only afford a budget car. So, in the future, these machines simply will not remain, said Petsh in an interview with Welt am Sonntag. And the cause will be the tightening of legislation on CO2 emissions. According to him, low-income people will eventually be asked if they can afford a car? And this will really be a problem.
“We have a clear goal – to make electromobility available to the general population. However, in the future this will become a difficult task for entry-level cars, ”he said.
If the car is equipped with an electric motor, then it can no longer cost as a budget now. This will inevitably lead to a significant increase in prices in the segment of small cars. The rules adopted in December stipulate that by 2030 CO2 emissions from new cars should be reduced by 37.5%. Therefore, for example, Volkswagen from 2030 will have to have up to 40% of electric vehicles in its model range, and they, by definition, cannot be cheap. All this will affect the mobility of citizens, but, unfortunately, the European Parliament and the EU Council do not pay attention to this emerging social problem of individual mobility.
By 2030, greenhouse gas emissions (including CO2) should be halved. In addition, taxes on gasoline and diesel cars will increase, so it may well be that those 60% of non-electric cars that are still allowed to be produced by automakers will be realistic to buy, but it will be too expensive to maintain. Probably, the requirements for these cars and much tougher, which will also affect their value.
However, the European Parliament does not hide global goals: the task is to achieve more environmentally friendly characteristics of cars, and in principle, to turn motorists towards the transition to the use of public transport – buses, trains, bicycles, and more time to spend on foot.
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