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If the date but it is fixed and it is not pas si lointaine avec une Europe que tend à la rapprocher encore de cinq ans, soit 2035 ou 2040 selon celle que sera retenue en France, elle ne signe pas la disparition totale des motorisations thermiques, essence in head They will simply no longer be available on the new market and, despite increasingly pronounced traffic restrictions on them, they will not be banned everywhere and will be massively represented on the second-hand market.
At this time, the technology electric It will undoubtedly have evolved enough to correspond to broader uses, but before it gets there, unleaded gasoline, which also benefits from developments that improve its energy efficiency, still demonstrates unprecedented versatility. So much so that you are never wrong when choosing it, although some uses are better optimized with other energies. And then there are also other types of uses for which gasoline retains the advantage. Are here.
very low mileage
Who says low mileage, often says urban traffic. In this area, the electric would have some arguments to contribute. But even the smaller battery-powered models are expensive, more so than their unleaded fuel equivalents. A price difference that pays off with use, thanks to cheap refills. To successfully amortize this investment, a certain number of kilometers is necessary that smaller cyclists will probably never reach.
Not to mention that an electric vehicle, no matter how small, imposes charging equipment at home, dispelling the hope of profitability. The gain in maintenance is also insignificant, due to the lightness of the thermal models intended for this use and the low wear that this entails on the consumables, especially since the mileage is low.
Only the Dacia Spring Electric represents a quickly profitable solution in this case, but only thanks to current government aid. Its “low-cost” treatment and lack of highway ease also limit its performance against competing gasoline cars that are less restrictive when needed.
The second vehicle capable of going far
When you have more than one vehicle, the second one travels fewer kilometers and is usually more compact. Sometimes it is used quite a bit in the city, sometimes it is used both on larger axles, again it could be chosen both to run on petrol or 100% electric. But if you must also be able to guarantee longer trips on the motorway, the thermal makes the difference for its ease of use.
If these motorway trips are not too many and the rest of the time you drive mainly in the city, a non-rechargeable hybrid solution, called a “full hybrid”, could also be suitable for you.
The main vehicle for moderate mileage without limitations
Surely the main vehicle will be forced to use the motorway more frequently as it will have to travel on all kinds of roads, both in the city and in peri-urban areas. This mix makes unleaded gasoline interesting. Models produced from January 1, 2011 equipped with a gasoline engine benefit from the “Crit’Air 1” label, for more permanent access to the “Low Emission Zones” (ZFE).
And at the same time, motorway trips can be made over very long distances, loaded with luggage with all occupants on board, without reducing speed by 20 km/h below the authorized limit to optimize autonomy, all without multiplying the long breaks due to refueling. Traveling more than 800 km does not suppose any special difficulty.
However, annual mileage, all trips combined, must not exceed 20,000km, making diesel potentially more economically attractive beyond that. Unless regular traffic in the EPZ obviously requires you to have a gasoline vehicle. In this case, Mazda’s “Skyactiv-X” gasoline engine, which works similarly to a diesel block, can help you reduce consumption and offer you a good compromise for use.
The vehicle of passion
There is no one way to have fun behind the wheel. On the other hand, for the search for mechanical sensations, we are not doing better than gasoline. Most athletes choose gasoline instead of diesel because unleaded spinning blocks, with the same or even less displacement, develop more power with less weight, which is one of the key elements of efficiency. Not to mention a more flattering sound than diesel engines.
A point that sins on the side of electric cars. The latter, as effective and efficient as the sportier ones, sometimes lack atmosphere. An environment that we seek in a marked way to accompany a winding route or a return to a circuit, or more moderate, in a grand tourism coupé for example.
The control of a gearbox, especially if it is manual and associated with a clutch pedal, helps to be “one” with the machine. A privilege reserved for thermals. Some old models converted to electric, according to the “retrofit” principle, still have a mechanical gear lever. However, these hardly return sensations of friction at the level of the pedal and the different ratios only serve to more or less limit the acceleration force (and to improve energy efficiency depending on the speed), each of which can be used to launch the vehicle. , from first to last.
The passion for the car is not just about performance and at this point the petrol engine offers the most complete experience. The hardest part is finding a passion vehicle that isn’t too handicapped by taxes on CO2 emissions, something that is still possible in small or moderately powerful models. For the others, who are not necessarily the ones who travel the most kilometers when it comes to sports cars, these taxes can reach several tens of thousands of euros, almost sounding like a ban…
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