Elon Musk, Emmanuel’s rant

Elon Musk, Emmanuel's rant

After keeping you informed throughout the year, Automobile Propre takes stock of 2022. In turn, the members of the editorial staff share their favorites and their rants… and begin to take a look at 2023. We continue today with Emmanuel.

The car that marked 2022

The car that marked the year 2022 is for me the Hyundai Ioniq 6. The Korean group’s electric sedan has many advantages.

Its design is one in my opinion, with its looks of Porsche from another universe. Although it is designed to be efficient, Hyundai has not sacrificed stylistic research. The result is stunning, with a unique line and aesthetic details that bring it closer to the Ioniq 5.

The style of the two electric cars is however diametrically opposed. This is particularly the case thanks to the aerodynamic research that went into creating the Ioniq 6. Indeed, the model applies principles that were reserved for racing cars.

Active aerodynamics is becoming more democratic with the electric car, since it makes it possible to optimize the aero efficiency of cars, but the Ioniq 6 has been entirely designed under this prism. The Cx record it displays is proof of its success.

While waiting to be able to take the wheel myself, I admit that it impressed me. Kudos to Hyundai for continuing to reinvent itself and pushing the development of its electric vehicles further.

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My favorite 2022

My 2022 crush will not go to a specific brand or event, but to a trend. I was happy to see players in the electric car industry trying to make it more affordable.

Indeed, the electric car is today difficult to reach for many households. Whether by the price of cars, the price of fast charging or the difficulty of finding terminals.

So I want to salute the MG brand which arrives with an electric compact, the MG 4, at an unbeatable price. The Chinese is placed at 28,990 euros at the entry level before deduction of the bonus. Once the latter is applied, the price of the compact starts at 22,990 euros.

An unbeatable price for a vehicle with a more than correct presentation. Of course, Chinese manufacturers have many levers to bring prices down. But thanks to this kick in the anthill that it represents, we can hope for a faster democratization of electricity.

Likewise, Lidl’s approach I believe is the same, which applies to charging stations. Indeed, the retail giant has launched its charging stations, again at a very competitive price. And for these prices, the service is very honourable, as we noticed when testing the new terminals.

Of course, nothing says that these advances will not be caught up by inflation. Impossible to ensure that because of inflation, these precursors of the fall will not have to align their prices on the rise. But they at least have the merit of moving a market which, for several months, was only bullish, whether it is electric cars or charging stations.

My rant 2022

My rant of the year 2022 goes to a personality, in this case Elon Musk. The evolution of the Tesla leader has been difficult to see this year. The one who was once a respected businessman and industrial pioneer has revealed himself in a different light with the takeover of Twitter.

Until 2022, Elon Musk’s escapades were sometimes annoying, often disconcerting, but rarely disturbing. This year, the billionaire’s decision to buy Twitter has placed him in an endless negative spiral. And in which he trains Tesla.

The valuation of the electric car brand has indeed suffered from Musk’s decisions. As soon as the takeover was announced in April, the firm lost value, before regaining it when it withdrew.

Eventually forced to buy Twitter for $44 billion, Musk had to part with Tesla shares to finance the purchase. A decision that had other consequences on the value of the company, in the fall.

But worse, it is the risky management of Twitter, once the takeover has passed, which is cause for concern. Musk first introduced a payment system, alongside layoffs, openly claiming that the company was in financial difficulty.

More recently, his way of having journalists who have criticized him banned from the social network is worrying. As expected, the one who claimed freedom of speech has in fact become one of the most important censors in the world.

And seeing him launch conspiracy theories close to the QAnon milieu or reminiscent of those of Donald Trump is not reassuring. Because at the same time, the Tesla share which was worth 400 dollars at the start of the year is only worth 137 dollars today. This is its lowest level in two years, and it continues to fall as I write these lines.

The novelty of 2023 that I expect the most

It won’t necessarily be a very original choice, but I expect a lot from the R5 electric. After seeing the concept of the future French electric city car, we cannot deny a certain impatience.

Can’t wait to see if Renault will apply the concept design to the production model. Can’t wait to see, too, how much this electric R5 will be a worthy successor to the Renault Zoé.

Indeed, the latter was for ten years a reference of the world electricity market. Renault is therefore playing its part in the face of increasingly strong competition. We hope to see the city car at a reasonable price, but also with technical capabilities and an attractive design.