While the European Commission’s proposal to stop thermal cars from 2035 continues its complex journey towards the final decision, the Minister of Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgettionce again recalls the position of a large part of the Italian government, which can be summed up in the “no to all electricity”.
The owner of the Mise touched on the topic by speaking at the “Forum Verso Sud”Of Sorrento, where he declared:“ I proudly claim not to have wanted to sign the COP26, which established the ineluctability of the electric as destiny for the automotive sector ”.
Danger from abroad?
Giorgetti refers to the pact for the electric car to which several states, European and non-European, joined during the last UN climate summit, staged in November in Glasgow, Scotland. Here Italy preferred to wait before expressing its position and making the next move, only to partially retrace its steps.
And today the minister returns to the topic by reiterating his vision on the future of four wheels: total electrification “would mean handing over to a large country, of which I do not name, our sovereignty in the field of automotive in the space of twenty years, such as we have done for gas with Russia “. The reference to China is evident.
“We defend the principle of technological neutrality in favor of biofuels andhydrogen – he continued -, for which it is then necessary to guarantee an infrastructural system. The state must give the possibility to refuel. I believe that technology goes much faster than politics and I don’t understand why politics has to say that the fate is simply that of the electric. I am convinced that hydrogen will make significant progress and will be competitive ”.
The message is clear: while for hydrogen we still have to wait, Giorgetti thinks that biofuels are a useful solution for decarbonisation already for the next few years. This is why the Government has also given them space in the maxi plan for the transition of the auto sector, which it has financed with over 8 billion euros until 2030.
In the meantime, the stop to combustion engines has received the yes of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament. The next step is the plenary vote. Then there will be negotiations with the Member States. Which soul of the government will prevail at that point?
Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.
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