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Japan Plans To Eliminate ICE-Powered Vehicles By Mid-2030s

Back in September, California announced that the state plans to ban the sale of new ICE-powered vehicles starting in the year 2035 in an effort to reduce global warming emissions. It was the first U.S. state to do so, though 15 countries around the world have already adopted similar mandates, including China, the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and France, to name a few. Now, we can also add Japan to that list.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has revealed the country’s “green growth strategy,” which aims to eliminate ICE-powered vehicles from the country’s roads by the mid-2030s, and reach net-zero carbon emissions and generate $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050. Suga previously announced that Japan would eliminate carbon emissions back in October, but the green growth strategy aims to provide a road map on how to get there.

The strategy brings Japan in line with similar emissions targets set in other countries and is intended to help the country revive its economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. To do so, Japan will offer tax incentives and other financial support totaling $870 billion per year by 2050 and $1.8 trillion by 2050 to companies willing to invest in green technology.

To accelerate EV adoption, Japan plans on cutting the cost of batteries by more than half their current rate by 2030, which would reportedly allow it to move forward with replacing strictly ICE-powered vehicles with BEV, PHEV, HEV, and fuel-cell technology. Right now, that cost comes in at just under $200 per kilowatt-hour.

Meanwhile, Ford recently joined Honda, BMW, Volkswagen, and Volvo in signing a binding emissions agreement with California that will compel them to follow the state’s vehicle emissions standards moving forward, which are currently stricter than those imposed by the federal government.

We’ll have more on the automotive industry’s migration to electric power soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford business news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. fpvfan

    It’s only a matter of time before this trend engulfs the world and ICE vehicles are no more. As upsetting at this is, if this is how it’s going to be then Ford needs to truly get on the ball with not only upgrading it’s vehicles but also being on the front line of creating the infrastructure America is going to need for this to happen. Ford also needs to really think about its performance arm as we move into this new era of automobile tech. Feelings be damned, Tesla and Porsche already have commanding lead when it come to EV as does Hyundai. As it stands, the Mach E is an actual joke compared to everything else on the market. It has potential but it’s hideous styling flaws and lackluster GT levels of performance really hurt this vehicle. Not to mention us enthusiasts don’t want a silent electrical vehicle that promises a soul-less, emotionless drive. The Mach E needs more power and better styling and also a four door coupe model if it’s going to even dream of making it in this new world. Definitely needs exterior and interior sound. Just because it’s electric doesn’t mean it has to have an ugly dash and the Mach E dash is hideous! Give the car an effective 5-speed DCT, AWD, torque vectoring, rear wheel drive bias, selectable modes, (sport, track, snow, tour, rain and eco) an air-magnetic ride suspension with tech from the Ford GT supercar, a GT Performance Pack 1 and GT Performance Pack II upgrade kit for the GT level of the crossover and 4-door coupe, a top range Cobra and go from there. Ford also needs to really pay attention to what GM is doing with that Hummer and follow suit. a Full size Bronco to match the Hummer with similar EV specs would probably be a good idea. Same thing with the F150. An electric high performance Lightning pickup truck would probably be a good idea, this time offer it with four doors, AWD and a short bed. Like the Mach E it needs sound and a 5-speed DCT though to make it work. Whatever you do, dont make it sound the the RTR Mach E, that thing sounds like an oversized RC car, for this I encourage Ford to follow what Porsche did with the Taycan and what Audi is doing with their E-Tron GT. Oh yeah, and get rid of that stupid Frunk thing in the Mach E. That’s dumb.

    1. JED

      you do realize Tesla, Porsche, and Audi all have EV Frunks right?

  2. Ford Owner

    Every home that has electricity has the infrastructure to charge an EV. So by 2035 the last gasoline powered car will become a classic marking that era end, just like the end of steam cars at the end of the 19th century. My home is ready because I have a Level 2 15 kW EVSE installed and ready since 2015. I am just waiting for the right EV. I drive less than 300 miles a month so the Mach-E has that range. I will never visit a gas station in the future.


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