Ford has pledged that all of its cars on sale in Europe will be electric by 2030, in the latest move by the world’s biggest auto manufacturers to set out plans to move away from polluting engines ahead of bans on fossil-fuel vehicles across the world. The US car giant said it “all in” on electric vehicles and would invest $1Bn (£720M) converting a vehicle assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, to become its first electric vehicle facility in Europe. It said the first all-electric cars would start rolling off the production line there in 2023. Ford promised that all its passenger cars in Europe would be “zero-emissions capable all-electric or plug-in hybrid” by mid-2026, before ramping up its ambitions to be “completely all-electric by 2030”.
The UK has announced a ban on the sale of new cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel from 2030, while EU environment ministers struck a deal in October to make the bloc’s 2050 net zero emissions target legally binding, and Norway, which relies heavily on oil and gas revenues, aims to become the world’s first country to end the sale of fossil-fuel-powered cars, setting a 2025 deadline. Fully electric vehicles make up about 60% of monthly sales in Norway.
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Ford plans for all cars sold in Europe to be electric by 2030, The Guardian, 2021-02-17