According to the CEO, who works in the automotive industry, the winds of change in motoring are now strong, but politicking on the issue may still bring more headwinds to the industry in the end than the change itself.
Sakari Viita, CEO of Fleet Innovation, a consulting and management company in the automotive industry, is most surprised by the change in the direction of income distribution.
- It is unfortunate that a good cause is messed up by politicking and, for example, combining car fleet renewal and the wealth debate.
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These issues, in his view, should not fit on the same agenda.
- Why should this be connected to who lives in Espoo or is well-off or not, Viitanen asks.
It is true that even an unprecedentedly strong political charge has appeared on the subject in a short space of time.
- People's wealth, place of residence and demographic status have been included in the debate.
We are in a deep mess, and no longer cleaning up traffic emissions, Viitanen continues.
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According to Viitanen, too big steps towards electric cars can even be a disadvantage, for example, if the charging infrastructure is not mature or cars that are not cheap enough or are otherwise interesting are not available from the production lines fast enough.
Viitanen’s recipe for greener exercise would be simple, but certainly not to everyone’s liking.
In his opinion, a new car is always better than an old one, regardless of propulsion.
- Old cars should be taxed rather than new ones.
Currently, the tax value of a company car drops after the third calendar year, which encourages keeping the car for a long time.
Less used and newer company cars would be very good options for the consumer buying a used car.
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However, CEO Viitanen thinks that there is too much talk about electric cars.
In addition to them, he should also remember biogas and biodiesel, “which have a strong degree of domesticity and a low level of total emissions even without renewing the car”.
- Incentives are also distortive.
The purchase of an electric or hybrid car is encouraged, e.g.
at lower car taxes, although a uncharged hybrid car is more of an environmental destruction than an advantage.
The Norwegian model, in which electrification is also supported during the operational phase, has clearly worked, Viitanen says.
The car boss Viitanen sees the scrapping premium that has just moved forward as a good and effective way, but still criticizes the targeting of the current model.
- Decommissioning old cars would be good, but the emission limit could be reasonable, making car replacement available to more and more people.