Ford is in the midst of a major transformation in Europe, where it aims to transition its entire passenger vehicle lineup to EVs by 2030 or sooner, with seven new models set to launch by next year. That list includes two new crossovers riding on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, though it may utilize its own platforms moving forward. Since EVs require less labor to produce than ICE vehicles, Ford plans on laying off around 3,800 European workers in the next couple of years, too. Regardless, the automaker recently backed a European Union-led petition that calls for a 100 percent zero emissions mandate by 2035, and now, that same mandate has been approved by the European Parliament.
The 2035 zero emissions mandate is part of Europe’s “Fit for 55” package, which calls for CO2 emissions reduction targets for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles over the coming years. By 2030, those emissions reductions must total 55 percent for cars and 50 percent for vans – five years before that target increases to 100 percent.
There are several steps that Europe intends to take in the coming years to ensure that it remains on target to achieve these goals. That includes creating a methodology to assess and report data on CO2 emissions throughout the full life-cycle of cars and vans by 2025, monitoring the gap between the emission limit values and the real-world fuel and energy consumption data by 2026, granting small manufacturers (that produce fewer than 1,000 vehicles a year) a derogation until the end of 2035, publishing a report to evaluate the progress towards zero-emission road mobility every two years, and revising the current zero- and low- emission vehicles (ZLEV) incentive mechanism.
“This regulation encourages the production of zero- and low-emission vehicles. It contains an ambitious revision of the targets for 2030 and a zero-emission target for 2035, which is crucial to reach climate neutrality by 2050,” said Rapporteur Jan Huitema. “These targets create clarity for the car industry and stimulate innovation and investments for car manufacturers. Purchasing and driving zero-emission cars will become cheaper for consumers and a second-hand market will emerge more quickly. It makes sustainable driving accessible to everyone.”
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Once again the EU and Ford are stepping on the thing that’s sticks out in front of them! Russia gas has stopped flowing into Europe, electricity production is down, can’t heat your homes and now you want to power all cars and trucks in 10 years!?!?!? IDIOTS! Hope I love long enough to laugh my ass off!
Stop sniffing the big idiot gas Steve.
I guess this is the price for progress and to save the planet. What I am less comfortable with is politician’s running industry at any level. We will see how it all pans out.
Economic policy has been directed by politicians since, checks notes, forever.
Fun fact: do you realize that Roosevelt founded the TVA and the NE hydroelectric dam projects which enabled the US to have massive aluminum output and uranium enrichment in WW2? Similarly his investments into the economy helped industry to not only arrest its post 1929 collapse but to recover in time to meet the fascist threat.
Laissez-faire capitalism just doesn’t work.
I ignore when some bozo says Mandate. Totally ignore and do what I want. I still consider it the Land of the Free even if that has changed in the past two years.
Oh please cease with your hurr durr alpha crank patriot nonsense.
“I do what I want.” Are you like some sociopathic man child?
How do you feel about the mandates stop signs, traffic lights, and speed limits?