Also electric sports cars?  Italy opposes the decision of the European Parliament

Also electric sports cars? Italy opposes the decision of the European Parliament


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  • Helen D’Haens

    Italian journalist

  • Helen D’Haens

    Italian journalist

Even those who are not very fond of sports cars cannot compete with the passion that Fabio Barone, president of the Italian Ferrari fan club.he talks about his car. “Do you feel this in your stomach?” he asks as he lifts the engine. “Isn’t this a work of art?”, He opens the glass cap and reveals a red engine.

But what can he still show in fifteen years? Earlier this month, the European Parliament decided, on the advice of the European Commission, that from 2035 no car produced in the EU should have an internal combustion engine. “If you ignore the sound of this car, and hear only airplanes while driving, you are removing a lot of emotions,” Barone fears. He is not the only one in Italy who is dissatisfied with the European decision.

Enthusiastically and proudly, Barone emits the sound of a similar Ferrari engine. “A unique sound,” he says:

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The Italian luxury car industry is entrenched motorcycle valley, area near downtown Bologna. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati. Mention the luxury brand and it is most likely produced there. From Motor Vehicle has strongly advocated legal discrimination before the European decision.

This was somewhat successful: brands producing less than 10,000 cars a year were given an extra year to ban internal combustion engines. In addition, it is not necessary to meet the deadlines set by the European Parliament in 2025 and 2030.

But car companies are not satisfied. Because electric cars have fewer parts, and therefore require less assembly work, he fears Motor Vehicle job loss. The industry includes not only car manufacturers themselves, but also small companies that make parts. In total there are over 16,000, employing as many as 90,000 people.

As a result, the Italian government is also opposed to such plans. Last week, Prime Minister Draghi signed a document calling for a longer transition “to avoid unbalanced and unnecessary costs for the automotive industry and consumers.” The fact that the new rules also apply to luxury cars has, according to Draghi, “a negative impact on employment and the potential innovation of small producers.”

Maserati is over

Not all manufacturers agree. In Maserati, they are excited to showcase the production hall of their hybrid MC20 model, and are looking forward to launching their first electric sports car next year. “It has 1,200 horsepower and the batteries are properly adjusted so that the performance and weight distribution is the same as in a car with an internal combustion engine,” executive Francesco Tonon said.

Tonon insists that his brand does not interact with outside influences Motor Vehicle. “We knew five years ago that it was only a matter of time until we had to make a change, and we were fully committed. Reaching the European deadline depends on when the brand started to change.”

In addition, according to Tonon, there is a market for luxury electric cars. “There are obvious benefits to the client. Performance, but also the possibility of making a sustainable choice. That is an important aspect of luxury.”

Buy time

Ferrari fan Francesco Barone sees the future as short-lived. “I certainly believe that the world should be green, but then you should not start with sports cars. These cars are a very small part of production, and they drive a few kilometers a year, that I do not think of as luxury green cars. light green.”

European government officials are expected to ratify the European Parliament’s decision in the autumn. Barone hopes the Italian government can buy more time.

If he ever buys an electric Ferrari it’s hard to say. “For now I say no. But the future is the future. Maybe I’ll put one with gasoline in my garage and buy an electric one to try to get used to.”