Endothermic call - The supply chain is ready to meet Draghi: "We need technological neutrality"

The representative associations of the entire automotive supply chain are ready to meet the president of the council of ministers, Mario Draghi, to express all their concerns about the call for endothermic plants for 2035 and to reiterate the request to favor an approach to transition based on technological neutrality. “If the meeting is necessary, we will do it”, said Paolo Scudieri, president of Anfia, during the first part of the conference “Research and innovation, the future of mobility”, organized within the framework of the Milan Monza Motor Show 2022 and, among other things, moderated by our director, Gian Luca Pellegrini. Scudieri, in particular, hoped that Draghi will be able to make a synthesis between the various positions of the parties of the governing majority and therefore find a compromise between those who ask to accelerate the transition to electric mobility (this is the case of the ministers at M5S or Pd) and those who aim precisely at technological neutrality, such as Giancarlo Giorgetti of the Mise or Roberto Cingolani of the Mite.

Wrong approach. On the other hand, the concept of neutrality was the guiding thread of all the interventions, starting with that of Giorgetti. “European regulations generate elements of concern”, began the regent of the ministry of economic development. “The government has some doubts – and expressed them at COP26 – about the inevitability of the end of the internal combustion engine. We defend technological neutrality ”. Giorgetti therefore reiterated the need to evaluate alternative technologies to electricity, to introduce a life cycle assessment and to preserve the competitiveness of European industry. “We will see how the negotiations evolve, but we will insist on our requests”, added the minister, referring to the start of interinstitutional negotiations on the ‘Fit for 55’ package following the vote of the European Parliament. Certainly, there are not a few signs of concern from the automotive world. Geronimo La Russa, president of Aci Milano, feared the risk that in the future there will be a progressive aging of the fleet, in light of the high cost of electricity, and a worsening of safety and pollution and, in sharing the request for to focus on technological neutrality and to leave “free choice” to consumers, he hoped that the vote of 8 June not “be definitive” and that “there are corrective measures”, because “mobility must be free from impositions, which, worse if they are ideological, they lead nowhere “.

Other sectors are involved. Michele Crisci, president of Unrae, instead emphasized the next steps, asking politics to give the entire sector the “certainties necessary to plan investments.” binding targets also for the industries adjacent to us “, added Crisci, referring, for example, to the energy sector, given that” renewable sources are fundamental “for electric cars, but also to intensive agriculture. , “An agenda shared by all so that the automotive industry is not the only one to take charge of the transition.” Of the same opinion Scudieri, who already in one our interview has spared no severe attacks on European institutions: “No one is against transition, the environment and evolution, but the vote of 8 June is a boulder: the mono-technological approach frightens, also because Europe has no skills and does not control the electricity supply chain, unlike some Asian countries ”, explained the president of Anfia, reiterating the importance of including biofuels and hydrogen among the technologies at the service of the transition. Similar fears were expressed by Adolfo De Stefani Cosentino, president of Federauto, who addressed rhetorical questions to the audience on the real propensity of consumers towards electricity: “Why have the incentives for the 61/135 g / km range been exhausted? Maybe because they are the most popular cars? Maybe because they cost less? “. Cosentino therefore focused on the car fleet, which is getting older, and put forward proposals: starting with the request to equalize the tax deductibility for company cars with other European countries, such as Germany. “I am worried”, added the highest representative of the dealers, who also expressed his wish on the endothermic call: “I am not so sure that the final date will be 2035”.

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