Are pump prices pushing drivers to switch to electric vehicles?

Bulging eyes at the gas station, stocks all over the territory… Despite a slight drop in recent times, fuel prices in France are hitting the counters, including a consequence of the war in Ukraine. Could this surge, which will last for a long time, convince some people to switch to electric cars – if that’s not the case already -?

There are those who are already happy with their purchase, or those who intend to be seduced. But others are much more hesitant about giving up thermals. 20 minutes let everyone talk.

“I’ll save on gas and maintenance”

The electrician has already seduced more than once long before the crisis in Ukraine. Already in its practical aspect. Lionel, who responded to our call for testimonials, is thus highlighting “the increase in highway chargers and the forthcoming unveiling of Tesla superchargers.” Knowing that recharging can also be done at home: “We charge it from our installed socket in about ten hours and once or twice a week,” Thomas explains.

But there are, of course, financial reasons. Laurent, whose “obscene oil prices” have finally defined him, appreciates the fact that he “doesn’t have to do maintenance.” Julien, he bought two cars, one in November 2021, the other in March 2022. “The budget for diesel fuel has increased to more than 90 euros for each 800 km fill-up, compared to barely 20 euros for the same distance in electric,” he notes.

“The purchase price is higher than the thermal equivalent”

But the cost of an electric car is a hurdle for many of our readers. Hubi drives “50 kilometers a day and has home charging” but is waiting for “affordable opportunities” because “price remains an issue.” “Electricity prices are going up,” adds Quentin. I think it makes more sense to limit fuel consumption.” Michel, meanwhile, believes that “the purchase price is higher than the thermal equivalent”, and according to Myrick, electric vehicles “less than 40,000 euros” do not exist. What’s wrong.

What about government assistance? Not enough, many say. That’s why Hugo, a student, can’t “afford to buy anything.” Same observation for André: “I’m from the lower middle class and we have almost no help in all areas that affect energy transition.” Philippe also mentions the government, but worries that it “will start taxing if we switch to electricity.”

“The carbon footprint gets really bad over time”

Many of our readers are also wondering about the pollution caused by the production of electric vehicles. “What about the extraction of rare earths, metals and batteries, as well as coal, gas and nuclear energy used to generate electricity? raises Nabil. Mary Ann has doubts about recycling batteries: “I don’t know what happens to them when they reach the end of their life.” “The carbon footprint becomes very large over time,” Philippe concludes.

As for Frank, he wonders “how the necessary electricity will be produced.” “Thermal power plants? he wonders. A.-L. indignant: “Nuclear electricity! Nuclear waste is harmful.” “And the heat losses from power plants are released into the atmosphere,” adds Quentin. Nabil goes on to talk about the country’s electricity consumption. “Each winter, RTE warns us that we will have “electricity just right, but it should be fine.” What will we do when the entire fleet is electric? “, he wonders.

“There are only 2 charging stations in my city”

As far as autonomy is concerned, the conclusion is generally no more positive. If some people, like Daniel, who “drives very little”, are not slowed down, then others, like Jacques, are slowed down for this reason alone. In addition to “driving 10 kilometers a day in a small car,” Alain has no motivation either. Like J.-P., who will decide “when the real autonomy is at least 800 kilometers with quick recharging.”

As for the terminals, Sebastian points out the difficulties, in particular due to the fact that “terminals are not working or busy, with long recharge times.” Meanwhile, Michel laments that there are “only 2 charging stations” in his town, and Eric “not enough stations on the roads”. According to Bernard, this is difficult when “you live in an apartment and you don’t have a parking space or an external power outlet.” But when the problem does not come from the place of residence, it is financial. At home, Julien mentions installing “an amplified socket on your electricity meter or charging box.” A “very expensive” investment.

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