According to the Force Ouvrière (FO) union, an achievement in China for deliveries to France would make this connected vehicle lose all its environmental interest. The organization calls on Renault to explain.
The federation Force Ouvrière de la Metallurgie does not question the electric SUV itself. “In the current national context, this vehicle meets all the criteria for environmental and economic constraints,” he admits. It “combines respect for the environment with use and purchasing power”, confirms the union training a little further in its press release dated last Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
But she points out: “If it had to be made in China to be marketed on the European market, its carbon footprint would be disastrous and would seriously jeopardize its ‘raison d’être’ as a clean vehicle.” FO-Métaux argues: “Producing in China for the Chinese market and producing in China for the European market are not quite the same thing. It would be inconceivable and irresponsible to manufacture it elsewhere than in France “.
Pole of excellence
The union highlights a major inconsistency in Renault’s current discourse and one of its orientations, which dates back to 2018: Help France become a “pole of excellence for electric vehicles in the world”. A program that meets Emmanuel Macron’s wish to make the territory “the leading producer of clean vehicles in Europe”. Statements which authorize FO-Métaux to hold both parties to account, hammering: “The Dacia Spring must be assembled in France!” “.
The organization adds in its plea a provision of the economic recovery plan for the start of the school year: the reduction in production taxes to the tune of 20 billion euros over the financial years 2021 and 2022. This act “seriously militates for the production of this new vehicle on the France site ”, estimates Force Ouvrière. “By persisting in this strategy, Renault would be guilty of deindustrialisation of the territory, and by authorizing it, the state would be responsible”, argues the training.
FO is not the only structure to have called for a targeting of the bonus to 7,000 euros in favor of electric vehicles built in France. An orientation which could have encouraged an “economic patriotism” on the part of motorists, in the words used by the union. A current that is already perceptible in France and brought to light by various surveys carried out during confinement and after the first relaxation measures entered into force.
If the federation is strongly opposed to the scenario imagined by Renault for the Dacia electric SUV, it is because there is a way, with this machine, to achieve a virtuous short circuit at multiple points. “Such an electric vehicle, light and affordable for a greater number of customers, would perfectly meet mobility needs and new economic and environmental challenges”, considers FO-Métaux.
This electric car has real potential to become a new trendy bestseller, capable of sustaining jobs shaken by Covid-19.
A group of young people under the age of 20 who were discovering the FO-Métaux press release at the same time as me could not help but let go: “It’s been a while, well 3 years, that we see that we has reached a turning point and French business leaders continue to make the same mistakes! “. Young people who are proud to ride with Youngtimers (vehicles that are already old but not yet enough to enter the collection) because they were made in France.
Concretely, does the argument of French economic patriotism matter to a foreign company manager who previously handled a brand installed in yet another country? This is a question I really ask myself.
A priori, such a leader is supposed to comply with certain rules laid down by the location of the company’s headquarters and the shareholders of which the State is a 15% member in the case of Renault.
Many things can be blamed on Carlos Ghosn, whom FO-Métaux could list. But he was able to maintain a logic between the environmental qualities of electric cars and production in France. For many motorists, this argument was decisive in moving to Zoe.
The union is right to fight for Renault to keep the “Made in France” label as long as possible. It distinguishes it over time from other manufacturers with battery electric models in their catalogs. …
While many citizens are ready to support the (re) localization of passenger cars in France, grateful for the efforts made by the State, it seems that business leaders are deaf and blind to this phenomenon.