The year is slowly strolling towards its finale. And because the weeks fly by quickly, a topic that is more and more urgent comes up on the table. New company cars are pending, decisions have to be made now. A Theme it was already in the summer, but one that was successfully suppressed. It is now the end of October, my new building is almost finished, and at least the underground cable for the charging station has been laid. Is this indicator alone enough to conclude that an electric car is coming?
Subsidies and euphoria
Subsidies and tax advantages, that sounds good at first. Very superficially, then, the assumption that you could do something good for the world with an electric car. The euphoria lasts until you are familiar with the facts and have clarity that you put a bunch of electronics and a huge battery pack in front of your front door.
Is that helpful for the environment? Serious? Advertising says yes, and so does politics. Even the party that wants to be environmentally friendly is in favor of the electric car. Without reservation. We have a huge problem that is actually not CO₂. But the problem behind the CO₂ problem, its cause, so to speak.
It's called overconsumption.
We simply consume too much (Definition of overconsumption). Too many smartphones and tablets from China, cheap textiles from Southeast Asia. The world is building too much with concrete (which is why I chose wood as a building material). Almost every 10th ton of CO₂ is emitted in this way, but it would have been around for a long time Alternatives. The simplest would be if we would limit ourselves. Don't buy an electric car or a new smartphone. Instead, use up things that we own and that have already been produced. (More interesting Post on the subject on Heise)
Every new item that is produced requires resources. An electric car needs a particularly large number of them and the CO₂ savings compared to a combustion engine can only be achieved if you compare a new combustion engine with an electric car. The bill is different if you take an old car. One that has been driving for 10 or 15 years. It has already made a new car or two obsolete during its life.
If you were honest about what we are of course not and never will be, then it has a CO₂ balance.
If you compare this classic car with an electric car, it suddenly looks completely different. Because, whatever the item, using it up is almost always better than buying a new one.
There will be no new combustion engine
Meanwhile, thoughts are drifting in this direction. Despite the subsidies that have a bitter aftertaste of coercion in the background. In general, it is clear that there will certainly be no new combustion engine. Why also? The three-cylinder and miniature engines that the industry wants to serve us is almost always no fun. The burner is outside.
Plan A: Youngtimers are the better option
Playing the Youngtimer card is a very exciting option. Depending on your financial willingness, you can paint the desired classic car in the color you like. You can change the interior, other upholstery, leather and retrofit technical options. A rear view camera would be the easiest exercise, speakerphone and navigation could also be on the list.
But the best thing is, you decide for yourself what comes on board. Whether Alexa, Google, whether you want to put your data in the cloud and if so, then in which. You have the advantage that you keep the reins in your own hands and can make fundamental decisions on your own.
Youngtimers have the advantage that their technology is manageable. This also keeps the effort at an affordable level, as does the maintenance costs, if you take a few basic things to heart from the start.
The real highlight, however, is that no new car has to be produced. And you spend the money regionally, in the Saab workshop you trust, the painter in your own town and the saddler in the neighboring town.
In the meantime, and despite the existing underground cable for the charging station, our discussion is heading precisely in this direction. Of course, that's the problem, you have to find the right classic car first. The selection is not huge, unfortunately well-kept Saab are in short supply.
Fortunately, the 9-5 is pending in the hangar Spainwaiting for me. Which will replace my company car in March 2022. But we still need (at least) one more car. The search for an object is ongoing. The answer to the question of whether it will be possible to dispense with a new car also depends on its success.
Plan B: If an electric car - then intelligent, please
Although everything is heading towards Plan A, the electric car is not yet completely off the table. But, there are certain parameters that have emerged. If electric, then intelligent, please. With a resource-saving battery, because the car should be light and consume little electricity. Instead of all-wheel drive, which is often taken, a driven axle would be sufficient.
Because it is not enough to just change the type of drive and then continue as before. Big, heavy and thirsty. Just with electricity instead of gasoline or diesel. You don't change anything like that.
The brand, which was a surprising finding in the course of the discussion, does not play a role at all. Electric is like buying a new smartphone. The cards are remixed.
We would very likely even give preference to a product from Asia. Why not? Quite provocatively speaking, the situation is like this: the battery packs, the electronics and the inevitable LCD display in the cockpit - the majority of the added value takes place in Asia. The software is written by Indians, Vietnamese, and sometimes it comes from Bulgaria. With a little bit of luck.
In Germany one assembles. Put together what was previously produced in China and stick a logo on the finished car. That is changing right now. At least in the area of software and batteries. But it will take some time before the new insights take hold. But maybe Europe is too late if Germany has bet too much on the monopoly of globalization. The future will show.
So a car from Korea or China? Perhaps, we will approach the subject soon with a test drive. I may even be brave and dare to try a Chinese electric car. Despite everything concerns, that I have. Of the MG agent a few places further would be happy.