Decarbonization does not mean electrification. An imperfect equation also according to Alberto Bombassei: the owner of Brembo, who recently announced his farewell to the presidency of the multinational leader in the components sector, harshly criticized the strategies implemented by the European Union, which he said were too focused only and exclusively on the electric. “Decarbonization is an obligatory path, but I criticize European choices as they are conditioned by one one-way culture towards the electric“, Bombassei said.
According to the number one of the company famous around the world for the efficiency of its braking systems, it is wrong to think that 2035 is a sign the end of internal combustion engines. And from a certain point of view, it approves the decision of most of the world’s car manufacturers not to sign the non-binding RouteZero agreement to stop thermal engines from 2040 at the COP26 summit: “Many large manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, Toyota, and even Stellantis, have not accepted this limit. Hydrocarbons must be gradually abandoned and alternative solutions must be studied quickly. But I find incomprehensible that Europe is imagining a single solution to solve the problem, without considering the principle of technological neutrality that it has always promoted. I don’t know if the best solution to reduce and cancel the CO2 emissions produced by means of transport is electrification, hydrogen, green fuels or more ”.
The owner of Brembo does not therefore denigrate one or the other solution to resolve the issue, but the choice of the European Union to close the door to a plurality of viable roads. “I am sure that choosing only one path will make us run the risk of having chosen the wrong one, relegating our continent and its industry to a secondary role in the world economy”, concluded Bombassei, who intervened at the delivery of the “Wall Award”Which was awarded to him by the Bocconi University of Milan.
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