The coronavirus is not only an emergency without precedent, but it also represents an opportunity for Italy to enact a long-term strategy in favor of electric mobility. He is convinced Dino Marcozzi, secretary-general of the Motus, and the Italian Association for the development of electric mobility supported by numerous companies from the automotive, energy, universities and non-profit organizations (FCA, EnelX, Ald Automotive, Volkswagen Group Italia, Nissan, Arval, Renault, FS, Tesla and Volvo to name a few). In his speech to the movement #backontrack promoted by Quattroruote, Marcozzi outlines a framework of the present and the future of mobility.
To break with the past. “The pandemic caused by the Covid-19 is like a gigantic tsunami that has struck the world, carrying with them the way we travel, our way of working, our way of producing and creating value. The only certainty that we have of the world post-Covid-19 is that nothing will be the same,” said Marcozzi. “However, we cannot think of being able to rebuild, as if nothing had happened, on the ashes of what was there. Without wishing here to enter into the debate on the correlation between air pollution and the spread or lethality of the coronavirus, it is fair to say that today, break down pollution in our cities, and decarbonising the industry is no longer a choice but a necessity, even an economic-industrial”. In this context, the “mobility plays a crucial role in the ambitious project of creating a more sustainable future. Isn’t it time to halt or postpone the technological transition, but, on the contrary, there is a need to accelerate through a radical change, of breaking with the past”.
No measures of the short-term. For this reason, you have to think of initiatives of wide-ranging and far-sighted. “What so is definitely we do not need, stresses Marcozzi – are measures of the short-period, dedicated to traditional products and to the stimulus of a question which was already weak before infection. Instead, they are necessary structural measures in the medium-long period that will allow the conversion of the production lines and the growth of competitiveness of our companies”. The secretary-general of the Motus-and, therefore, proposes to concentrate the attention on a single scope: “Rather than food with incentives on the demand for products tied to the fossil fuels that are in any case bound to disappear in the next few years, it would be more appropriate to focus the few resources of support to the private vehicles to transport passengers and freight with zero emissions. Also, an important stimulus to demand can come from the State, through the implementation of the renewal of the fleet of public vehicles, electrified, both the M1 bus”.
A historic occasion. “This is an historic opportunity for Europe that it remains in the market the most attractive in the world”, continues as follows. “Italy, in particular, should initiate a process of consolidation and integration of industries in the automotive sector, the dynamics that, through the implementation of policies on business networks, to facilitate their survival in a context of global disruption of supply chains post-Covid-19. These are support tools which could finally support the conversion of some of the sectors strategic to the decarbonisation, tying aid to product innovation in a perspective of sustainability”.
Skills to innovate. “You will also need to work on the professionals and on the conversion of their skills, now more than ever. The automotive industry will need people that can handle the innovation that we put in the field to stay in the game with the other Countries. You will need to adapt the educational offer – at the university level, but also higher institutes specialized in order to make more homogeneous the dialogue between educational institutions and industries,” says still Marcozzi. “Today the emergency Covid-19 and its economic impact are rightly at the centre of the attention of the government. But with the aim to give impetus to our economy, we must also consider our future. If the Country wants to save its economy and focus, at the same time, the long-term growth, investments must be oriented to sustainable change, which is the best vaccine against the crisis”.
Source: Quattroruote.en – Edited by Anthon K.