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Ford Among Automakers Who Want Tougher EV Mandates In UK

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.”

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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. Tigger

    Ford actually employs idiots that shoot their own company in the foot?

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  2. CP

    Zero globalist EVs and zero UK EV mandates.

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  3. wj

    Ford better learn….customer votes..and buy….and if they are not ready for the EV game….they better back off….they will try that very same stragety in USA….and force EV on us…..Toyota is making a more sensible stand….good for them

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  4. Big burnin gas steve

    Of course you do Jim!

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  5. Richard

    Ford lobbied for EV mandates in Germany too and were told to get lost by the government.

    Reply

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