In Europe, Ford plans to transition its entire passenger vehicle lineup to all-electric vehicles by 2030 or sooner, and as such, it comes as no surprise that the automaker has also long supported proposed ICE sales bans in that region. This includes the UK, where a handful of officials have been pushing for changes to that country’s own ZEV mandate amid concerns that EVs aren’t quite ready for prime time, and has even criticized those that have called for it to be pushed back. While Ford faces potential fines if it doesn’t meet certain EV sales mixes in the coming years, the automaker is among many parties calling for more funding and incentives to speed up EV adoption in the UK, and FoMoCo isn’t alone in that regard, either, according to The Guardian.
While Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), and Nissan are calling for delays in the implementation of a ZEV mandate, Volkswagen, Ford, and Tesla are all arguing that the current proposed rules aren’t tough enough. These lobbying efforts come after UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delayed the start of a proposed ICE ban from 2030 to 2035 last September, but rising EV sales mix requirements set to take place over a number of years between now and then remain intact.
In documents submitted to UK officials that have since been secured by the press, Ford said it “believes that the suggested trajectory can be met by many manufacturers across the UK market, and will ensure that those that are lagging accelerate their development appropriately, with the option of trading certificates to make up any shortfalls.”
On the flip side, Toyota admitted that it remains “extremely concerned” by the UK’s current targets, which would prove “challenging for manufacturers like Toyota.” It was joined by JLR, which noted that its “far from certain” automakers can hit those targets, and even added that “targets in the early years are set at unachievable levels.”