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Most Europeans Living In Cities Support ICE Vehicle Ban, According To Survey

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Europe is already well on its well to transitioning to electric vehicles, which is largely why Ford Motor Company has committed that by mid-2026, 100 percent of the automaker’s passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric, or plug-in hybrid, and will be completely all-electric by 2030. And while most U.S. citizens are apprehensive about supporting any sort of ICE vehicle ban, it seems that most city-dwelling Europeans support the move.

That tidbit comes to us from a new YouGov poll, commissioned by environmental group Transport & Environment (T&E), that shows most residents living in 15 different European cities – including London, Warsaw, and Budapest – support a region-wide ICE vehicle ban by 2030. The survey consisted of 10,050 participants, of which 63 percent said that they were supportive of such a move. Meanwhile, 29 percent opposed the idea, and 8 percent were undecided.

T&E is urging the European Commission to include an ICE vehicle ban date in its forthcoming climate policy proposals, which are due by June. Many other countries around the world and a couple of U.S. states have settled on the 2030s as an end date for the sale of ICE-powered vehicles, including Japan, Britain, Massachusetts, and California, to name a few.

Last year, around 10 percent of Europe’s total new vehicle sales consisted of all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, though European officials are working on phasing out the latter due to the fact that they’re not quite as environmentally friendly as previously thought. Current European emissions rules treat hybrid vehicles essentially the same as all-electric vehicles, and many automakers – including Ford – are using them as sort of a bridge until a broader range of EVs can be developed and put on sale.

Meanwhile, a recent study showed that most Americans and Europeans are receptive to the idea of electric vehicles, but aside from traditional concerns including range anxiety and charging times, the fact that EVs are priced higher than comparative ICE vehicles remains the largest barrier of entry.

We’ll have more on the world’s transition to electric power soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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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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Comments

  1. Mark L Bedel

    I gotta be honest here…so do I. Those who really enjoy driving…and I mean REALLY enjoy driving…why drive around in a crowded, slow-poke city environment? Get out in the countryside with nice open roads, free of traffic, and let your and your machine go! Just watch out for the walkers and cyclists…

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    1. Stephen Ketterer

      I enjoy driving too.

      What I don’t enjoy is being targeted as a global enemy by big government and their alliances with big tech and big media for driving an ICE-powered vehicle.

      My free will can not be infringed upon! This insanity has to stop.

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  2. Stephen Ketterer

    Except we now know that surveys do not mirror public opinion. They influence it!

    Most people do not want to be inconvenienced by sub-par power sources.

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  3. NelsonT

    From a thing or two that I have read, Europeans have a different culture and attitude when it come to travel and tourism. It feels that they are more conditioned to use public transportation and there is more of it than in this country. Where once we had an extensive and thriving passenger rail system there is hardly any. They don’t have large distances between their cities like we do in this country. Shoot some of our states are bigger than their countries.

    And without major changes and upgrades our electric generating and distribution won’t handle the mass change over to electric vehicle.

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  4. jose velez

    I have the best of both world, a Mustang Mach E with the extended battery with an actual range of 300+ miles and a 760HP GT500. The Mach E is recharged with solar energy. Yesterday a drove 102 miles at a cost of 28Kwh (if I had to pay electricity at .20kwh $5.6). Recharged in 30% in 3.5 hours. The only thing I do not like of the Mach E it does does not turn well at high speed sharp turns.

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    1. Ford Owner

      If you do a sharp turn at high speeds you will lose control and flip, maybe destroying the car and killing yourself. The Mach-E is smart enough to protect itself from bad drivers who would do such sharp turns. Just drive slower and protect yourself and the Mach-E. You are still free to kill yourself in the GT 500.

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  5. Average Joe

    It is fine and good to be moving our transportation system to electric vehicles to reduce usage of Petroleum products, but one thing absolutely amazes me? Not one comment have I ever heard that tells how we are going to produce all that newly required electricity. We are not moving fast enough to solar or wind to make up the difference in demand and maybe the move to solar/wind cannot make up the difference in demand so what are the power companies going to do, burn more oil and coal? I wish the politicians would work within reality to plan these changes more based on what technology can support rather than political pipe dreams!

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    1. Mike says..

      Nuclear is likely going to be the emergent power technology generating all the electric power we could ever want or need. While their are many alternate forms and types of electricity generation, I suspect each will find their own application depending upon where the need is and the type of local environment. The world is a big place and the US is hardly the standard bearer of all things automotive.

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