The European division of Ford, together with 27 other companies, has signed a petition calling on the European Union to pass regulations mandating that only fully electric vehicles will be sold within the bloc by 2035; that goal was identified in order to be on course to hit the net-zero targets whose deadline is 2050. The group also wants compulsory targets for charging networks to be passed for the region.
The petition emphasizes that it is important for vehicles running on fossil fuels to be removed from the roads if the net-zero targets are to be achieved and Europe is to forestall the worst climate change effects threatening the planet and its inhabitants. The group suggests that regulations be passed and timelines set so that industry actors and their suppliers can have a road map to follow in their efforts to make the switch to EVs.
Stuart Rowley, chair of the European division of Ford, said his company believes that the liberty to move goes together with being concerned about other people and the planet. He added that it was for that reason that Ford was focused on electrifying its entire lineup of vehicles by 2035.
This appeal came at a time when Rowley also participated as a speaker at a meeting of the European Car Climate Summit. This summit took place on May 18, 2022, and Rowley talked about the timing for businesses, individuals and consumers in general to make the switch to EVs.
At the moment, decision makers in Europe are considering proposals drafted by the European Commission. Those proposals are intended to set new clean vehicle rules for the EU bloc. Once this stage is completed, the EU Parliament as well as the governments of the member states will debate the proposals by the end of June this year. Thereafter, a final law will be enacted in autumn this year.
For the European division of Ford, the road map to net-zero centers on a total of seven fully electric vans and vehicle models these are also connected vehicles. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the undisputed leader of Ford’s lineup, and the model has already won ecofriendly and safety accolades from agencies such as Euro NCAP.
The company also uses only renewable energy at all its manufacturing plants within the EU, and an additional facility being built in Cologne, Germany, will make at least 1.2 million EVs within six years of its opening. Currently, 300,000 charging stations have been established by Ford across Europe, and about 1,000 charging stations will be installed within the facilities owned by the company in the region.
As these major auto companies take such steps to deepen EV uptake, startups such as QuantumScape Corp. are likely to benefit, especially when standards are passed to ensure uniformity of charging systems across different EV makes and models.
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