almost two thirds of French people do not believe in this technology for the ecological transition

Annually, the Cetelem Observatory publishes a study held in 16 European, Asian and North American countries, covering 70% of the global automotive market. In total, 15 thousand people were asked about their expectations and behaviors as drivers. And this year the doubt is relevant. Will my car still be accepted in some city centers? Will we reverse the decision to stop the sale of thermal cars in 2035? Should I go for electricity? There are so many doubts when purchasing the vehicle that reinforce the wait-and-see attitude of drivers. Only 19% of them intend to change their vehicle in Europe in the next 12 months, compared to 27% two years ago.

French regulations, in addition to European ones, make French drivers more skeptical. Almost 60% do not think that the electric car will incorporate technological progress that could improve the car’s environmental footprint. Only Austria has the same level of doubt, while the European average is 40%. Outside Europe, the electric car is synonymous with technical progress in terms of decarbonization, with only 10% of doubts in China, Turkey or Mexico.

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New electric brake

The vast majority of French people are also convinced (more than 80%) that the role of electric cars will not have changed within 5 years. The European average is slightly lower, but not by much. A surprising finding, when we know that several manufacturers want to sell only electric cars from 2030. Worse still, only a third of French people think that the electric car will completely replace the thermal car in the long term.

The obstacles remain, for the most part, the same as last year: too high prices for electric vehicles, fear of charging difficulties or lack of autonomy. But in fourth place now comes the price of electricity. “ It’s a brake that didn’t exist before! », asks Flavien Neuvy, economist and director of the Cetelem Observatory. On average, in Europe, more than 70% of motorists think that rising electricity prices could make their car too expensive compared to thermal cars. Despite these doubts and skepticism, it is important to note that electric vehicles are at the top of vehicle purchasing intentions for the first time!

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Rules still unknown

This study also highlights the inaccuracy regarding regulatory knowledge. Specifically, a third of Europeans are aware of the Low Emission Zones (ZFE) and one in two are aware of the ban on thermal vehicles by 2035.

“It is up to a group of manufacturers to clarify their industrial and commercial policy, as well as their communication, so as not to be permanently subject to competition, which is often one step ahead in electrical matters. Just as it is up to public authorities to adopt a clear and stable line, without procrastination, to facilitate the energy transition in the automotive world. concludes Flavien Neuvy.

Remember that transport contributes 30% of carbon emissions in Europe, half of which come from cars. The European Union has established a 55% reduction in emissions from the sector by 2030.