Electric Car Report Censored by the French Government

The 129 page report produced by Jean Syrota, a former French energy industry regulator, on electric cars has not been yet officially unveiled to the public. The cost of all electric cars could double that of conventional cars and is not economically viable. The report also revealed a limited driving range performance offered by the electric cars as well as unsatisfactory battery technology.

Authors of the report point especially to Mr. Sarkozy and his relationship with companies that develop electric cars for the secrecy of the report. Vincent Bolloré and Serge Dassault were characterized by The Financial Times as Mr. Sarkozy's “business chums.”

Pininfarina is the maker of the B0 (B Zero) all-electric car which was unveiled by the company at the 2008 Paris Motor Show with the help of one its major investors, a French industrialist and corporate raider Vincent Bolloré.

Serge Dassault is considered to be an aerospace tycoon, with an estimated net worth of more than $6 billion, Dassault was recently awarded by the French government with the sole contract to develop a military fighter drone. In 2003 Dassault announced that he, along with other of his partners, had plans to mass market electric vehicles. “We are very confident we will succeed in implementing an electric vehicle in Europe,” said Mr. Dassault. They went on to develop electric drive systems and vehicles.

In the approach to make a more cleaner and efficient car, the model had to include an improved efficiency of traditional engines, and limit the top speed of the vehicle to about 105 miles per hour which will reduce carbon emissions by 30-40 percent.

The cars would use a start-stop system which will prevent burning of gasoline when the car is stationary and will help reduce up to 10-30 percent in carbon emissions.

The report was not yet been shown to the public due to “political reasons,” as the French government would certainly disagree with the report's conclusions and present countervailing arguments about the benefits and drawbacks of electric vehicles.
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