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Frankfurt Motor Show: exit flag to the electric car

2019-09-11T09:41:23.383Z

Every two years the appointment of the car around the August holidays is the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The German sample alternates with that of Paris and is characterized by the fu


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Every two years the appointment of the car around the August holidays is the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The German sample alternates with that of Paris and is characterized by the strong presence of national brands, with the Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW groups at the head, accompanied by Opel, which, although it is also originally from the country, this year came for the first time as a representative of the French group PSA, to which he now belongs.

One more edition there have been important absences, among which Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Japanese Nissan and Toyota or the exclusive Ferrari stand out, the latter after deciding to set up their own event in Maranello for greater performance.

However, the power of the great German consortiums gives the Frankfurt appointment itself. Volkswagen exhibited muscle at home and presented its first 100% electric model, ID.3 , a vehicle that inaugurates a new era in the German firm that aims to "democratize" this type of propulsion by costing less than 30,000 euros in the basic version, Not counting on public aid.

Although smaller electric cars are more expensive than their combustion counterparts, it is a first step in narrowing the price gap. "It is important that electric mobility is available for low-income people and SMEs," said Herbert Diess , president of the Volkswagen Group, to unveil the great novelty of the brand, which also took the opportunity to claim public support on the way to sustainable mobility

"We need smart incentives, which includes a change in the taxation of vehicles based on their CO2 emissions to boost the purchase of electric and extend that financial contribution to used electric."

In a subsequent meeting with the Spanish press, Jürgen Stackmann , director of sales, marketing and after-sales of Volkswagen, after singing the 'mea culpa' when recognizing that 1% of the global CO2 emissions emitted by humans correspond to Volkswagen to Through the use of their cars and what their industry generates, he declared that "we are the first company to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to which only governments have adhered to date." That means reaching absolute zero emissions in 2050.

But the world of electric cars has given for more in the Frankfurt Motor Show. Daimler showed his great electric offensive grouped under the EQ family. He presented the Vision EQS Concept , which anticipates a great clean future sedan. The master of ceremonies also premiered. It was Ola Kallenius , CEO of Daimler and who replaced Dieter Zetsche and was blunt: "Electromobility is key to Mercedes-Benz."

As another CEO, Oliver Ziptse , a substitute for Harald Kruger at the head of the BMW Group, also opened in the lounge. It foresees that more than 50% of the registrations of new vehicles in the premium segment of China will correspond to purely electric models in 2030. So the German brand will sell 2 million electrified vehicles in 2021.

The other German in discord was Opel, in whose stand there were two stars, the Opel Corsa-e that will be made in the plant of Figueruelas (Zaragoza) and Jürgen Klopp , coach of Liverpool, current champion of the Champions League.

Carlos Tavares , the pre-executive executive of Grupo PSA, owner of Opel, was clear in speaking of the situation of his factories in the United Kingdom before Brexit. "There we have a responsibility with our workers, but if the worst case scenario occurs, we must also protect the rest of the company."

With reference to the 95-gram CO2 targets required of the European Union by 20 21, Tavares said "we have to reach the right mixture of sales; otherwise, we will attaining the 2021 targets. We have the technology. The work capacity and the skills." We have the right to know what it is..!!..??!.!.!?!??.??.??.???????????? ¡¡????? ¡?? ???? ¡??? ??? That that?;, We have to achieve the correct mix of selling? If yes, we will meet our 20 targets. We are equipped with the technology, the labor capacity and our capacity for the work. Page 209 profitability needed. "

In this sense it was clear that "we will not sell cars at a loss." Something he said in a message to the regulatory authorities because if the reduction in emissions requires selling more electricity and these are more expensive, manufacturers will transfer those costs to the final price of the car.

Consensus request to ask for government

As for Spain, the manufacturers request was unanimous in claiming the formation of government as soon as possible. Luca de Meo, executive chairman of Seat, said they need "the machinery to work again and the existing communion with the authorities resumed." While José Vicente de los Mozos, president of Renault Spain, world manufacturing director of the French group, and president of Anfac, the employers' employer, said that "regardless of who governs, the car has to be a matter of state, not politics. "

In this sense, he demanded to define what is the future mobility that is wanted for Spain, in order to organize a transition towards the decarbonization of transport. Because the customer is confused, which translates into "a market that is clearly down on all channels." There is confusion and it is necessary to "know what mobility we want for the future", for which "we need homogeneity in the regulation of municipalities, communities and State in line with the European Union" to reduce emissions.

Regarding the situation of Renault plants in Spain, De los Mozos said that the arrival of Captur will bring a 'plug-in' hybrid version that would arrive before the end of the first half of 2020 and "which has caused us to build a workshop assembly of batteries in Valladolid ", in which 70 people already work and that would also supply the hybridization of the future generation of the Renault Mégane, which has also already been awarded to Palencia.

For his part, De Meo said that "for a few years we will have a full factory except brutal market dips. Martorell could exceed half a million units this year, we are already one hundred percent of its productive capacity." While Carlos Tavares, president of PSA and the largest manufacturer of vehicles in Spain, said he was happy that the Spanish plants of the group are "competing with each other in results. Vigo and Zaragoza are very close to each other, while sharing methods of work".

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