Ford has joined the EU’s push for 100% EV sales by 2035

Ford of Europe has joined a letter to the EU (European Union) urging it to make all new vehicles and vans in Europe zero-emission by 2035 and to set mandatory charging infrastructure requirements. The petition asserts that eliminating fossil-fuel-burning automobiles from the road is critical to Europe’s aim of net-zero emissions by the year 2050, as well as avoiding the worst effects of climate change on humans and the world. Implementing legislation that sets standards and a clear schedule for the sector and suppliers to follow is one way to ensure a smooth shift to electric vehicles.

“At Ford of Europe, we think that freedom of travel is inextricably linked to caring for our world and each other,” stated Stuart Rowley, chair of Ford of Europe. “That’s why, by 2035, we want all Ford automobiles to be zero-emission.  To do so, EU officials must also set required national goals for a smooth electric charging infrastructure that can keep up with the expanding demand for electric vehicles.”

Rowley will be a panelist at the European Car Climate Summit, held by the campaign organization Transport and Environment on May 18th, to debate the best timing for businesses, workers, and consumers to transition to 100% electric.

After a recommendation by the EU Commission – endorsed by the firms appealing – that solely zero-emission new vehicles and vans be marketed EU-wide from 2035, EU decision-makers are actively considering new clean car laws. In June, the European Parliament and EU states will decide on their positions, with the final law anticipated to be passed in the fall.

Ford of Europe is paving the way to zero-emission vehicles with a new generation of seven all-electric, fully connected passenger vans and vehicles that will be available in Europe by 2024. The Mustang Mach-E, which gained maximum security and green certifications from Euro NCAP and Green NCAP last year, and the E-Transit, which received the Euro NCAP Gold Award for its sophisticated driver aid systems, are leading the charge.

Ford is dedicated to environmental protection and ensuring that future generations live in a sustainable society. Ford of Europe has undertaken a number of efforts in the last year to help contribute to a more sustainable future, as detailed in the European Sustainability Digest 2022.

This digest is a companion to Ford’s worldwide Integrated Sustainability and Financial Report, and it outlines the substantial actions Ford is taking to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 throughout its European network of plants, logistics, and suppliers. Ford released its first Human Rights Report earlier this year. This section of the Sustainability Report investigates how materials are obtained, where Ford goods are manufactured, and how the company’s labor standards stack up.

The company’s manufacturing plants in Europe already use 100% renewable energy. Electric vehicle production in Cologne, Germany, is now scheduled to reach 1.2 million vehicles over the next 6 years, involving an overall product investment of $2 billion, assisting to deliver more electric vehicles to European customers.

Ford’s BlueOval Charging Network includes over 300,000 charging stations in Europe, and 1,000 charging stations for Ford employees will be installed on the company’s European campuses by 2023. The firm is also happy to be a member of RouteZero, a worldwide coalition seeking to achieve 100% electric vehicles and vans by 2040.

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