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Urgence climatique, urgence industrielle, urgence sociale : un tiercé à remettre dans l’ordre

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L’urgence dans laquelle l’industrie automobile se trouve fin 2019 donne lieu, à Francfort et ailleurs, à un jeu d’influence complexe où chacun adosse ses propos à une cause a priori légitime pour contrer une autre partie prenante qui en invoque une autre.
L’UE a, il y a un an, fondé ses injonctions sur l’urgence climatique. Les constructeurs comme les états sont sensibles à l’urgence financière et souhaiteraient que les ventes de SUV puissent continuer de générer le cash qui permet de combler les pertes sur les VE pour les uns et de financer les primes à l’achat des dits véhicules pour les autres. 
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Climate emergency, industrial emergency, social emergency: how to arrange the three-way race?

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The state of emergency in which the automotive industry finds itself at the end of 2019 gives rise, in Frankfurt and elsewhere, to a complex interplay of influence in which everyone backs their words to a cause that is a priori legitimate to counter another stakeholder who invokes another one.
 
A year ago, the EU based its injunctions on the climate emergency. Car manufacturers and governments alike are sensitive to the financial imperative and would like SUV sales to be able to continue to generate cash to cover losses on EVs for the former, and to finance inventives for the latter     .
Trade unions, SMEs and regions that rely on automobile clusters to keep jobs are seeing factories weakened and the number of jobs destroyed in the automotive sector. They fear that those created by electrification will not be of much concern to them.
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ACEA changes feet and heads to push electrification

"Angels and Demons" party in Brussels
On September 4, ACEA organized a conference entitled "Leading the mobility transformation".
 
It is in this context that it was announced that the Manufacturers' Association had co-signed a joint letter with Transport and Environment and Eurelectric (association of electrical industries) calling on the European and national authorities to accelerate the implementation of all the measures that will enable the massive electrification desired by the politicians to become effective.
At stake of course, are the continuation of the various forms of aid for the purchase of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids and the increase in the use of charging infrastructures.
 
Taking up the famous theme of the "right to plug", T&E states on this subject:
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L’ACEA change de pied et de tête pour pousser l’électrification

"Angels and Demons" party in Brussels
 
C’est dans ce cadre qu’a été annoncé que l’Association des constructeurs avait cosigné avec Transport et Environnement et Eurelectric (association des industries électriques) un courrier commun appelant les autorités européennes et nationales à accélérer la mise en place de l’ensemble des dispositifs qui permettront que l’électrification massive souhaitée par le politique devienne effective . 
Sont en cause bien sûr le maintien des différentes formes d’aides à l’acquisition de véhicules électriques ou d’hybrides rechargeables ainsi que la montée en puissance des infrastructures de recharge.
 
Reprenant la fameuse thématique du "droit à la prise", T&E indique à ce sujet : 
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Hard Brexit and the car industry

Hard Brexit, take your bets : 7 weeks to go...

The weekly column of Bernard Jullien , former director of Gerpisa, lecturer in economics (University of Bordeaux) and scientific advisor to the Essca Group's Chair of Network Management.

No one had wanted to believe in Brexit and it came. No one wanted to believe in a "no deal" and this is the scenario that is now emerging.
 
It was clear that it was politically important for Brussels to flex muscles and to indicate that opting out would have a cost. 
It was clear that Brexit supporters, on the other hand, were keen on showing that they did not intend to let themselves be reimposed on Brussels standards as part of a deal.
However, it was thought on both sides that reason would eventually prevail and that well-understood interests on both sides of the Channel would lead to a Norwegian-style free-trade agreement. 
The anti-Theresa May vote on 15 January shattered these hopes, which were a reason not to be very actively preparing for a "no-deal". In the automotive industry, as elsewhere, we must take up our calculatoragain and try to understand very quickly what is likely to happen.
 
To this end, a number of statistical realities should be recalled with respect to British motor vehicle foreign trade. 
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Electrification: divided car-manufacturers with mixed feelings

For months now, we have been struck by the widening gap between the ever-repeated intentions in favour of "electrification" and a commercial reality that fails to comply with it. On May 22, France's "Comité Stratégique de Filière" (a government initiative to have the industry's stakeholders work together defining common objectives) set a target for 2022 of 150,000 electric vehicles sold in 2022 in France, which should correspond, on the basis of 2017 registrations (25,000), to an annual growth rate of 43%. This had only been 14.5% in 2017 and, over the first 8 months of 2018, the increase was 7.4%. While P-HEV are growing by 49.5%, on such a narrow basis that this is not really significant.
 
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