What do Toyoda, Fehrenbach and Vettel have in common? The good sense!

Toyoda, Fehrenbach, Vettel

Toyoda, Fehrenbach, Vettel

In recent weeks, the statements of three people considered – rightly – serious and followed have gone almost unnoticed.

  • Akyo Toyoda is President of Toyota and also President of the Association of Japanese Automobile Manufacturers
  • Franz Fehrenbach is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bosch, one of the leading manufacturers of automotive components.
  • Sebastian Vettel needs no introduction

It is certain that all three are entitled to talk about cars.

Toyoda and Fehhrenbach have bluntly stated that the race for the electric car is full of contradictions and misjudgements, a stretch desired by politicians and governments.

This is not new. In the name of sustainable mobility, a real crusade is in place against endothermic engines and in favour of electrification at any cost.

Manufacturers have quietly adapted, looking at an expanding market even if drugged by state incentives of all kinds.

Toyoda was one of the few to point out the lack of assessments on the consequences of mass electrification in terms of emissions necessary to produce cars and electricity.

With no half measures Toyoda declares that, with current technologies, the more electric cars are produced the more pollution increases.

The production of batteries for electric cars causes emissions that are far higher than those for cars with more traditional engines. Even the production of the electricity necessary to keep a widespread fleet of electric cars in operation involves heavy increases in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

These statements, coming from the head of manufacturer that first invested to produce and sell hybrid engines, make us reflect.

A few days later, it was Fehrenbach’s turn to take a stand on the subject.

Again, the criticisms are not aimed at electric mobility in itself but rather at disinformation.

Declaring the electricity as climatically neutral is in fact a mystification that doesn’t take into account the energy balance necessary to generate the current needed for production – especially of batteries – and for operation.

Fehrenbach also notes that the infrastructures are absolutely inadequate for the diffusion of the electric car and that the production times for an adequate charging network will inevitably be very long.

And Vettel? Without talking directly about electric cars, he raised the alarm about the future of Formula 1, once an incentive for the search of components that were then transferred to production.

Today – Vettel said – Formula 1 develops the best internal combustion engines, which however will never have a future because the world of production goes in the opposite direction.
It is important that motorsport and Formula 1 push to the development of environmental technology in order to maintain the role of forerunner and incubator that they have historically had.

Word of common sense.

And in several years, when we have filled the cities with charging stations, will the electric technology, as we know it today, still be relevant?

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