Built-in speed limits and green letters to Brussels: When car manufacturers are in the eco-frenzy
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According to Volvo, Renault also limits its cars to 180 km/h. Officially, it’s about security – actually more about advertising for electromobility, says our author. Eco statements are currently large in fashion. And sometimes lying terribly. A comment.
Virtue Signalling, i.e. the display of your own values, is just the big trend. Especially when it comes to "green" Values goes. Who does not like to get involved in the environment or for the climate? When making companies, your own bad conscience is apparently so great that you become political activists.
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For example, the carmaker Volvo, known for its heavy and HP strong SUVs, calls on a letter to the EU Commission together with other companies that this must prohibit all non-electric cars at the latest from 2035. Also included in this campaign are the furniture giant Ikea, the energy group Vattenfall or directly intertwined with e-mobility, such as ChargePoint.
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You can do that as "Important sign for climate protection" view or as a social responsibility. I personally find it more bizarre. If the priorities at Ikea are not on selling a chest of drawers, in which the ground does not break out after three years, but on the communication of ecological attitudes, this is not exactly sustainable. And how credible is it when companies like Vattenfall, Chargepoint or Volvo have politics "to trade" Request, but even from this action in the form of EU funding, electrical purchase premiums or other market distortion in your favor?
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If the climate and the environment serve as a kind of mental-moral superstructure to boost your own business model, it will quickly be lying. Especially since this also happens at the expense of the fewer. Because the OMI with its old Toyota Corolla or the family man with his laboriously financed diesel sharan ultimately pays better earners their Teslas or Audi e-trons: via the CO2 tax when refueling or heating in the rental apartment, via electrical purchase premiums from tax remedies Or about the fact that two and a half tons of electrical SUV use and burden our streets, in contrast to Omis Corolla or Papis Sharan, but are freed from the vehicle tax.
Why not 80 instead of 180 km/h?
The crowning glory of the Virtue Signalling is currently the built -in speed limits. Sure, you can be for a speed limit, about half of the Germans are said to be according to surveys. But both at Volvo (the finging with the 180 km/h limitation) and Renault, the limitation is above all a top against German car manufacturers. Because except in Germany there are tempo limits everywhere – 130 km/h in Renault’s homeland France, for example. So what accidents do you want to prevent? And honestly – when did you last see a Renault that drove faster than 150 km/h? And the driver felt like it? Fun fact on the side: Renault’s subsidiary Dacia even fails at her own speed limit, because the Dacia Sandero is already running out at 177 km/h.
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Anyone who goes on this path threatens as a company a fatal dependence on the green zeitgeist. If it were Renault and Volvo really dead with their security strategy, they would not limit their cars to 180 km/h, but rather to 80 km/h. Just to be sure. It shouldn’t take long for environmental activists to demand that – and Volvo or Renault would have to meet if they don’t want to lose their credibility.
Why the electric car needs a speed limit
Incidentally, it is not too much secret why the carmakers are so far with their new speed limits in Germany. So that the electric car on the long-distance route against diesel and petrol engine also prevails in the high-speed fraction, the speed limit is needed. It is like this with the electricity: E-drives always work with a very high efficiency beyond the 90 percent. At low speeds and loads in which combustion engines run extremely inefficient, the electrical advantage is therefore particularly large. At high speeds and loads, the advantage becomes increasingly smaller, and the consumption increases with the air resistance with the square of the speed. With the Stromer, the pace has a very significant impact on the range, much larger than with diesel or petrol engines. This can be clearly shown on the range calculator of the Site electric car portal.
Does anyone want an Audi with a built -in speed limit?
Audi boss Markus Duesmann recently drew attention to this aspect in an interview with site: "E -mobility will come with a personal attitude not to go into the very high speed ranges – and thus a kind of voluntary speed limit." It will be interesting to see when the first German manufacturer also writes a letter to Brussels.But if you surf on every green trend wave, you take a risk. If there is only a kind of unit car, with a built -in speed limit, reduced performance and preferably a preset "CO2 budget", That the length of the next trip determines, then at some point it will no longer need Audi or BMW. Then a Renault does it too.
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