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Ford May Face Hefty Fine In UK Due To EV Market Share

At the moment, officials within the UK government are battling it out over a proposed 2030 ICE ban, which some support, while others feel like such a goal is simply unattainable given the current state of infrastructure and other factors. Regardless, Ford has supported such a move from day one, which isn’t a surprise as it aims to go all-electric across Europe by 2030 or sooner, launching a bevy of new models in the region to accomplish that goal. However, with the launch of the new Ford Explorer EV recently being pushed back as it awaits the arrival of next-gen battery tech and the Ford Mustang Mach-E proving to be a slow seller in the UK, The Blue Oval may soon face a different kind of problem in that country – hefty fines from the government, according to Automotive News Europe.

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Next year, the UK’s new zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate is set to begin to take effect, meaning that 22 percent of all new vehicle registrations from each automaker must consist of electric or fuel cell vehicles. Automakers that don’t hit that percentage can expect to receive some hefty fines of 15,000 pounds ($15,829 USD) per car or 9,000 pounds ($10,931) per van sold.

This is a problem for Ford and most other automakers, as it currently owns just a two percent share of the EV market in the UK, meaning that it would be forced to pay some of the highest fines in the industry if that doesn’t ramp up that figure drastically in the coming months. It wouldn’t be alone in that regard, however, as the only automakers besides the all-EV Tesla and Polestar that currently meet this requirement are MG (41 percent), Cupra (31 percent), Porsche (29 percent), BMW (25 percent), and Mercedes (22 percent).

Based on registration data as of the end of September, automakers could be staring at a total of 2.4 billion pounds ($2.91 billion USD) in fines, in fact, as EVs currently make up just 18 percent of the market. Things stand to get even worse in future years, as the required percent of ZEV registrations rises to 28 percent in 2025, 80 percent in 2030, and 100 percent in 2035.  While automakers can’t pool together with other brands not under their corporate umbrella to avoid these fines – as is the case with CAFE standards – they can buy credits from companies with a higher percentage of EV sales, borrow against anticipated future over-compliance, and convert extra CAFE targets into credits.

We’ll have more on Ford’s all-electric future soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and non-stop 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. John

    Wow, I just can’t imagine why EVs have become a political football.

  2. H Ford

    The car makers got a lot of money from Biden and the EU (WEF) with the promise they could fall in line. They never figured the public wouldn’t drink the Biden Kool-Aid. We should have gone to natural gas first in transition but the ethanol and US agriculture connection choked that out. What a waste of taxpayer dollars. Tesla beat GM and Ford at its own game.

  3. Tim

    Time to get out of there European market. This nonsense is going to put the auto makers out of business. And don’t just blame Biden and Trudeau. This is being dictated from Europe where distances are much shorter. Try driving an EV across Ontario or Texas . I drove from Toronto to Vancouver . It takes two days to get out of Ontario and you had better gas up when you find any gas station because another may be hundreds of miles away. An EV would have required several expensive tows .

    1. John

      That’s part of the problem. EVs are a great solution for SOME and not a solution at ALL for others. Let the market decide, there is room for BOTH EVs and ICE.

  4. David Dickinson II

    Time for Ford to close shop and leave.

  5. Mugen

    Take that battery powered garbage n shove it up comrade Farleys asshole!

    1. Shawn Schroeder

      Your a dope. Do you have reading comprehension issues?

  6. Tony (uk)

    Uk government laying a red carpet to Chinese car companies…such folly

  7. Leon

    The only way EV’s have a future – force it on the populace.


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