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Ford Signs Pledge To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Vehicles By 2040

It’s no secret that Ford is investing heavily in electrification with an eye toward a complete transition to EVs at some point in the future. In Europe, that includes a recent commitment to convert to a 100 percent zero-emissions capable, all-electric, or plug-in hybrid passenger vehicle lineup by mid-2026, which will then become all-electric by 2030 or perhaps even sooner. The automaker hasn’t yet set a similar goal for its North American passenger vehicle lineup, but it intends to make the transition eventually and become carbon-neutral globally by 2050. However, Ford has now signed a pledge to phase out all of its fossil fuel vehicles by 2040, according to Reuters.

“Ford has signed the ambitious RouteZero initiative which aims to reduce carbon associated with road transportation,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. “We join more than 50 businesses, cities, and regions that have pledged to work together toward 100 percent zero-emission cars and vans globally by 2040, and in leading markets no later than 2035. Electrification represents the most transformative change of our industry in over 100 years and at Ford of Europe, we are leading the way in our ambition to create a sustainably profitable all-electric future. We’re doing this with both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles, providing customer choice while delivering CO2 performance.”

Ford was among a number of countries, cities, and companies to make the pledge, though there were a few notable omissions, including the United States, Germany, China, Toyota, Volkswagen, Stellantis, Honda, Hyundai, BMW, and Nissan. Those entities expressed concerns with the many challenges present in shifting to zero-emission vehicles as the reason for not taking this pledge.

Ford’s cross-town rival General Motors also signed the pledge to phase out fossil fuel vehicles by 2040, as well as Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar Land Rover, New Zealand, Poland, and India, the second-most populous country in the world.

Ford has a number of new all-electric vehicles on the way in addition to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, including the Ford F-150 Lightning and the recently-announced Ford Explorer EV. CEO Jim Farley has also recently spoken in length about his desire to electrify Ford’s most iconic nameplates, including the Ford Bronco. However, as Ford Authority reported last November, the automaker currently has no plans to build an all-electric version of the Ford Super Duty.

We’ll have more on Ford’s electrification push soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 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. Mark L Bedel

    It will be interesting to see if the value ICE vehicles rises or falls as these goal dates draw closer.

  2. Explorer ST

    I’m all about what capabilities electrification can provide but, I’m not a fan of phasing out ICE. I guess my opinion could change 18 years down the line.

  3. Ryan

    Note that it says they agreed to go electric on vans and cars, leaving them the option to keep gas/diesel trucks around

  4. Rinzler

    10 years ago electric cars were an unproven pipedream that had little practicality and worse value. Today, they are legitimate competitors to ICE vehicles and have come down in price and up in availability.
    I’m excited to see what EVs can do with 20 more years. I presume buying an ICE vehicle in 20 years will be like buying a Diesel now. Applicable in niche use cases, but not the preferred or default choice.

  5. Hannibal Johnson

    This is beyond STUPID!!! A fool that puts all of his eggs in one basket may end up being a crying fool in the end.

    1. Roy Chile’s

      All the same fools put all there eggs in one basket to do gas times changing

  6. ewash9202

    Wait, I’m confused. Can the author of this article clarify this: is it Ford Global or Ford Europe that will phase out fossil fuel vehicles by 2040? The article just says Ford, but the quotes only come from Ford Eurpoe’s president. If I am correct, Ford’s different continental offices are not bound by each other’s plans while working together for the global stake of FoMoCo.

  7. Roger John Saurusaitis

    Hello, There is only so much lithium on the planet how are you going to make all those car batteries, what option is there to make all of the electricity needed to charge all those cars, what about people who live in apartments and don’t have home chargers and any public chargers are not even located close to home if any. Make fuel cell cars like Toyota Mirai so you fill up like gas cars and be on your way. Charging takes too long

    1. Ross

      They are already making batteries with Aluminium instead of Lithium, they actually perform better. An Australian company has been developing it for a few years now, they just teamed up with BOSCH. I don’t have their name off the top f my head sorry


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