Petrol or electric: which car to buy in 2023?

The Renault ZOE (to the left) and the Peugeot 208 (to the right) each have their supporters. The first is the best-selling electric city car in France, while the Sochaux is the favorite thermal model of the French in 2022. JEAN-BRICE LEMAL0683664150jean

TO ANALYSE – Between these two technologies, our heart swings. Which is the most suitable for our needs, the most affordable and the most environmentally friendly? The explanations of Figaro.

It’s almost joking. In his book The car of tomorrow. motoring history, published in 1898, John Grand-Carteret had opened a breach, already explaining, in the light of the experiments carried out by a few engineers and inventors, that, “in general design, the steam engine is the past, the petroleum engine is the present, electricity is the future.” The journalist had simply omitted to add a temporality. The electric car will therefore have taken more than a hundred years to establish itself. By coercion.

Everything remains to be written in this ecological transition that some would like to further accelerate, at the risk of reducing the freedom of movement of citizens and destroying the entire economy of a sector which represents 10% of jobs. Mixture of excitement and apprehension: in just over twelve years, manufacturers will no longer be able to sell internal combustion engine vehicles on European territory. So make way for the battery-powered electric car…

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