The rental of classic cars, a sustainable approach
In 2017, 93 million new cars will be sold worldwide (3 cars every second). 153 M3 of water, the same amount of energy and waste, are required for each new vehicle built. The American manufacturer Ford estimates that around a quarter of its installations are already or will be soon located in regions at risk of water shortages.
For over 30 years, French owners of classic cars have been favouring the maintenance and repair of 800,000 classic cars (1% of the fleet) as part of an eco-responsible approach. This is done in compliance with the CO2 requirements imposed by the regulations (technical inspection).
By using a classic car, you are part of an "Eco-responsible" approach, favouring the repair of the vehicle rather than replacing it with a new one.
Is the electric car a solution for the future?
Thanks to the introduction of European pollution standards, exhaust gases are no longer the main source of fine particles. Tyre and brake pad abrasion now accounts for 90% of fine-particle emissions. For the same volume, electric cars are heavier than their petrol or diesel counterparts. This means that the overall level of particulate emissions from tyres is higher, so that the overall level of particulate emissions from an electric car is more or less the same as that of a combustion engine car.
At the same time, classic cars drive 15 times less than average, so their impact in terms of fine particles and nitrogen oxides is not even measurable.
According to the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), the production of an electric vehicle requires 120 Megajoule compared to 70,000 MJ to produce a petrol or diesel car and is much more energy consuming, and therefore emits more greenhouse gases, than a thermal car. In terms of CO2, an electric vehicle must therefore travel at least 40,000 km to compensate for the additional emissions during its manufacture.
At the same time, classic cars travel an average of 1,500 km per year.
The battery accounts for half of the energy requirements for the manufacture of an electric car. It is mainly manufactured in China, which relies heavily on fossil fuels to produce its energy, which inevitably puts a strain on the carbon footprint of the electric car. This is the case of lithium, which is indispensable since it is the main element of the redox couple that comes into play in the battery, but also cobalt, nickel and manganese. The production of these metals involves mining, which is very polluting locally (solid and liquid waste is discharged into watercourses) and involves significant damage to soil and water, with serious health consequences for the surrounding populations, who are often employed at low cost in these mines, with appalling working conditions.
The classic car industry as a whole represents 20,000 jobs in France. As an integral part of the national industrial heritage, classic cars are involved in thousands of events throughout the country, very often animating town centres.
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