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Ford calls for pathway to zero emissions target

Posted on 06 Jul 2020 and read 542 times
Ford calls for pathway to zero emissions targetFord of Britain chairman Graham Hoare (pictured) has called for a joined-up, clear and consistent long-term Government-partnered strategy to help the UK meet its target of only allowing the sale of zero-emissions new vehicles in the 2030s.

Speaking at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders International Automotive Summit Live 2020 online event, he said: “A successful future for the auto industry is dependent on achieving our longer-term objective of a zero-emissions future; that is definitely the path we are on at Ford.

“However, we should be under no illusion that reaching this goal will require an unparalleled level of commitment and co-operation by a range of different stakeholders — Government departments, local authorities, the auto industry, energy providers, and customers.

“We need Government to partner with us and have joint equity in formulating and delivering a comprehensive and consistent strategy that provides a path to the future — a path that also encompasses a range of technologies, including mild hybrids, hybrids and plug-in hybrids on the route to zero emissions.

“Given the size and scale of what we want to achieve in the UK, we will not see a shift from the internal combustion engine to all-electric vehicles in a single jump. Customer confidence is not ready for that leap yet, and the cost gap between petrol or diesel and all-electric vehicles is still significant.

“This is why a range of bridging technologies from mild hybrids through to plug-in hybrids is essential, and why plug-in hybrids also should be considered as a viable technology well into the 2030s.
“We’ve seen recently at Ford what can be achieved when different stakeholders come together with a common purpose — namely, working in partnership with a wide range of different partners in the Ventilator Challenge
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“We need a similar spirit of endeavour, if we are to meet the electrification challenge — not a ‘can do’ attitude but a ‘will do’ determination. However, time is short; we must start today, because tomorrow will be too late.”