Electric car hasn’t convinced everybody yet
VAB mobility club doesn’t see the advantages of an electric car yet and some experts point in other directions for the propulsion of the car in the near future. The debate of which car to buy next is in full flow.
Yesterday Het Nieuwsblad already focused on the pros and cons of electrical mobility, today the newspaper looks into possible fossil alternatives, possibly as a sort of intermediate period before we go to an electric area.
No structural solution
“For an individual buyer an electric car is not really interesting yet, and as a company car the electric version is only interesting when the car can be charged at home (of the driver) and at his work” , is the conclusion of VAB.
VAB adds that public charging points are only interesting as a problem-solving solution now and then but no structural solution. The club concludes that the normal customer isn’t ready yet for the electric car.
Petrol or still diesel?
Some experts point out that the diesel engine has been bashed too often and too unjust lately. Michel Martens, director of the research department at importer federation, Febiac, sees it like this: “Is global climate important for you, then you have to choose diesel because of lower CO2 emissions”, he says, “when worried about local air pollution a petrol car is better.”
However, he adds that the newest diesels (Euro 6 D Temp emission classification) are very clean (practically no difference with petrol) and that they are now the best choice talking combustion engine. Car manufacturer supplier, Bosch, has also announced recently that it has a diesel engine ready which is even cleaner.
Mark Pecqueur, professor car technology at the Thomas More high school in Sint-Katelijne Waver, comes to the same conclusion: “The hysteria against the diesel is completely out of perspective. The newest Euro 6 D-temp diesels are even better emission-wise than petrol engines, it’s the older engines that cause the problem.”
“If we go on giving diesel such a bad image, people will keep their old diesel car even longer because it’s not worth anything anymore and that will also have ecological consequences”, he adds.
Most customers in search for a new car are still mostly triggered by price: “the environment is becoming more and more important, but in the end it’s the price that influences the decision most”, says Maarten Matienko from VAB.
Recent excise and other fiscal measures have made that driving a diesel isn’t cheaper than petrol anymore, certainly not for the average user. “It depends of the car model where the turning point lies: very seldom it’s still at 10.000 km/year, much more often it’s now 40.000 km or even higher”, adds Matienko.
If price is all important, you can’t neglect CNG or compressed natural gas. Some manufacturers even see more future for the CNG car than for its electric alternative. “It’s the cleanest fuel of the fossil fuels and regarding energy costs it’s the cheapest and most reliable, we only have to increase the number of filling stations where CNG is available”, concludes Matienko.