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Are early electric motorists all convinced environmentalists?

Some surveys show it: early adopters

in terms of electromobility mainly invoke reasons related to environmental protection, before other more down-to-earth motivations such as the pleasure of driving or savings in fuel and maintenance costs. And taxes.

Without calling into question the sincerity of the responses in this type of survey, we can also think that, if ecological concerns are indisputable, they may not be the priority among all owners of electric vehicles.

Depending on the model and the range, other motivations may prevail. We know, for example, that owners of large sedans or electric SUVs (Tesla, Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron, etc.) are above all driven by an interest in innovation and performance, and that they are also bigger drivers. than a person who will opt for a Zoe, not to mention of course the financial criteria.

Suddenly – forgive me for this little personal digression – since I love the automobile and I have driven in a thermal for a long time, my electrical experience as an owner only dates back two years, and because of my activity it Quite often I drive all kinds of cars that are fairly well equipped from a mechanical point of view (last test date, an Aston Martin DB9 V12), I often ask myself this question: what made me motivated to go electric? And what prompts me to say today that even if I still have a particular fondness for some beautiful smokers, like most electric motorists, I will probably never return to thermal? A sudden passion for battery-powered cars? Certainly not.

Do not look in the rearview mirror

In fact, the motivations are difficult to prioritize, because they are part of a more general, more “deep” approach: that which consists in recognizing that the thermal and the oil era are coming to an end, and that it is necessary to anyway move on. In short, look ahead and not behind. Of course there is ecology, of course there is a taste for innovation or performance, but that would not be enough for some to take the plunge, because the pleasure of driving a modern thermal equipped with a wonderful engine ( good, V6 preferably with at least 300 good horsepower to be able to compete with an equivalent electric, we agree) remains unique, I see it regularly.

And yet that is no longer enough. In fact, it appears that those who take the step of the electric one do it for reasons which are also of the order of the way of life. And above all, they are driven by the observation that nothing will be the same as before, and that even if it means changing your habits, you might as well do it as quickly as possible because thermal propulsion will soon be a thing of the past, and perhaps faster than we think. . There is an element of constraint in this choice (economic, ecological) which still supposes certain sacrifices such as the loss of range of action and the range anxiety

due to insufficient charging infrastructure, but the perceived benefit over time outweighs the rest for those who have already made this choice. And they won’t turn back the clock, with rare exceptions, even though they previously harbored some affection for their smoking good old.

It is also called, in a way, stepping out of your comfort zone to face the future. A bit like when we went from paper to computers: it was not always cheerful for some, but we knew that it was the direction of the market and that it was inevitable.

We know that the electric car is not totally virtuous, but we also know (well when we do a little information) that over its entire life cycle, from the factory to the scrapyard, it pollutes less than the car. thermal car.

It’s better than nothing. And that’s the best way to avoid looking in the rearview mirror.

http://www.avere-france.org/Site/Article/?article_id=7408 and https://fr.yougov.com/news/2020/09/30/pourquoi-acheter-une-voiture-electrique/

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