The UK is considering delaying its 2030 ban on the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles as it looks to move quickly towards an environmentally friendly future. However, there is one major player opposing this proposal: Ford. The American-based automaker argues that this postponement will weaken the UK's goal of transitioning to electric vehicles. In this article, we will examine Ford's stance on this issue and its reasons.
Ford is opposed to delaying the 2030 ban on the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles in the UK to 2035. The company claims that this delay will weaken the UK government's determination and consistency in the transition to electric vehicles. Lisa Brankin, Ford's UK President and Managing Director, said in a statement: “The automotive industry is investing to tackle this transformation, with the UK's 2030 ambition being a vital catalyst to accelerate Ford to a cleaner future. ”
Ford's opposition reflects the company's serious commitments to electrification. Ford has committed to a $50 billion investment in electrification globally and has earmarked 2030 million pounds ($430 million) to meet the original 532 deadline in the UK. This shows the company's commitment to environmentally friendly technologies.
Similar Oppositions in Europe
This stance of Ford comes in parallel with the opposition of other countries and automobile manufacturers who oppose the ban on internal combustion engine vehicles across Europe. Germany, in particular, has been one of the most vocal countries on this issue and has expressed concerns about this issue in 2022. Then, in 2023, it formed an alliance with six other European countries to oppose the European Union's plan for internal combustion engine vehicles. As a result of these objections, the European Union decided to make an amendment allowing the sale of vehicles with engines running on synthetic fuel in the period after 2035.
The Importance of Transitioning to Electric Vehicles
Ford's opposition is supported by the Society of British Automobile Manufacturers (SMMT). SMMT emphasizes that a definitive transition to electric vehicles is needed to meet climate targets and regulatory requirements. Despite the difficulties, automakers are making major investments to achieve these goals.