Is Emmanuel Macron’s proposal viable?

Emmanuel Macron has proposed the establishment of grants for the rental of electric cars: the state would assume part of the rental of the vehicle, so that the monthly bill of the customer does not exceed 100 euros. Deciphered with Franck Legardeur, founder of the young Delmonicos shooter who has developed an innovative solution that allows for easier vehicle search.

Emmanuel Macron proposes to start aids for the rental of an electric car. What do you think about this device?

Frank Legardeur: With this aid proposal, the state would cover part of the rent for electric vehicles, so that the amount of the monthly rent does not exceed € 100. The government’s provisional budget for the first year is 50 million euros for 100,000 vehicles. This would therefore mean a grant of approximately € 42 / month. It should also be noted that this aid would remain very targeted, as it is conditioned by household income, and is aimed mainly at the socio-medical professions and also at young people.

Given the price of a liter of petrol today, many French people are beginning to think seriously about electric vehicles as a viable alternative to thermal vehicles. State aid contributes to this transition, especially in leasing, because given all state premiums and bonuses, the first rental of an electric vehicle is often entirely government-funded.

Beyond these strictly financial considerations, and whatever the government’s proposal, the French will have to resort to electromobility. For ecological reasons it is clear, but also because the CAFE law will force manufacturers to market carbon-free vehicles in the coming years.

Will these aids be enough to convince the French to switch to electric cars?

Persuading is a great word. But on the question of how to encourage French and Europeans to adopt electromobility, all ideas and initiatives are good to take! This state aid is one of them, it will certainly promote the act of purchase.

Once again, one of the decisive factors remains the price of fuel. A liter of petrol is now at € 2, compared to € 0.15 / 0.20 per 1 kilowatt / h. If you allow me the expression: The choice is made quickly “The Ukrainian crisis and the ensuing explosion in the price of a barrel has only exacerbated this trend and, therefore, this awareness among consumers. Some even now limit their movements!

Does the electric car allow a real saving compared to the thermal car?

Although the cost of a new electric vehicle is higher than that of an equivalent thermal vehicle, there are a large number of grants to reduce this cost. Thanks to the different state aids (purchase bonus, conversion bonus, ZFE bonus, etc.) and according to different criteria, the buyer of an electric vehicle can save up to 12,000 euros.

Then, it saves on the operation of the vehicle, that is, its recharging. The cheapest option, of course, is to recharge your vehicle at home. Depending on the type of vehicle, electricity consumption ranges from 12 to 20 kWh per 100 km. In this example, we consider a mid-range electric vehicle that consumes 15 kWh every 100 km and whose battery has a capacity of 60 kWh. From the EDF blue tariff of € 0.1740 taxes included per kWh, we obtain the following costs: € 2.61 per 100 km and € 10.44 for a full recharge of the battery, ie 400 km. The equivalent fuel consumption of a thermal vehicle is approximately 7 L / 100 km, ie € 14 per 100 km (€ 7 × 2) or € 56 per 400 km. So we have a 5.3x ratio between thermal and electrical.

Finally, the other points of reduction of expenses with an electric vehicle are the maintenance on the one hand and the insurances on the other. With an electric vehicle you have almost no maintenance to do, no oil, spark plugs or other changes … Insurers are not insensitive to electric vehicles, they offer preferential rates for drivers who then adopt a true ecological driving, test. to optimize your battery consumption as much as possible and therefore be more careful.

If we combine these different spending points, in the end, it seems obvious that an electric vehicle costs less to use than a thermal vehicle.

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