ANFIA, the electric cannot be the only way forward

During the public assembly ANFIA which took place in Florence, we spoke again of electrification and of the fact that theelectric can’t be the only way to go through in order to implement the decarbonisation of transport. During the assembly of the National Automobile Industry Industry Association an appeal was also launched for the Italian MEPs to vote thinking about the interests of their country, and for the “The Italian government continues its collaboration with the representatives of the industrial chain in defining a roadmap for decarbonising mobility according to a realistic and non-ideological approach, open to more technologies and committed to supporting investments and the development of specialized skills in the area“.

This is a position already supported by other associations of the automotive sector in Italy and also supported by the Government which has repeatedly reiterated the need to arrive at a sort of “technological neutrality“to give space to other solutions. During this event, the President of ANFIA Paolo Scudieri he again wanted to underline the need not to focus solely on electricity, a technology that for the ANFIA president is under Asian “dominion” and which would create dangerous imbalances in the market and in the social sphere, due to the strong impact it implies on the system industrial. For Italy it is estimated a loss of 73,000 jobs over the next few years, not offset by the 6,000 new hires that the growth of this new sector will bring.

Therefore, we must also focus on other technologies that can in any case contribute to the decarbonisation of transport such as i synthetic fuels and hydrogen.

For ANFIA, the development of electric mobility is a fundamental pillar of its mission, it is one of the technologies of the future, it is a path embraced by all vehicle manufacturers and we are called upon to urge companies in the supply chain to seize the development opportunities offered by electrification. It is different, however, to persist in embracing a single technology, currently totally Asian domination, creating dangerous imbalances in the market and in the social sphere, due to the strong impact it implies on the industrial system: in Italy we have estimated the loss of about 73,000 jobs. work in the coming years, not offset by the approximately 6,000 new positions that electric mobility will create. Let us therefore open ourselves to the contribution that biofuels (Biomethane, BioLNG), synthetic fuels, hydrogen (both as a vector for the endothermic and fuel cells), technologies in which the supply chain strongly believes and in which it is already making large investments.

Position reaffirmed also by Minister Giorgetti who spoke during the ANFIA assembly.

The Italian government has kept a different profile than other countries and I claim the non-subscription of Cop26 when it seemed obvious to sign a document on a future made only of electric cars. Italy defends the principle of technological neutrality and that is it believes that alongside the electric car there must be other technologies, from hydrogen to bio fuels.

In a few days and precisely between 7 and 8 June, the vote in plenary session in the European Parliament of the Fit for 55 climate reform package is scheduled, which also includes the proposal to put an end to the sale of endothermic cars from 2035. A vote with a not predictable result given the different positions of the member countries. In about a week, we will be able to better understand what the future of cars will be in Europe.