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Significantly more collaboration with government is required to achieve net-zero emissions by 2035
Rachel Burgess
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23 June 2020

The government’s touted timeframe of 2035 to ban sales of new ICE-only cars is unrealistic unless significant support comes into play, Ford UK chairman Graham Hoare has predicted.

“I don’t see a future at 2035 without some application of plug-in hybrids, but many vehicles types could comfortably move towards full electrification by then," Hoare said. He called for a “clear and consistent path to bring change about”.

“There's no silver bullet. There's no single solution that caters for the bandwidth of vehicles that are on Britain’s roads today, both cars and CVs [commercial vehicles]. We need to think as an industry in partnership with government. We need to unite together to create that consistency of purpose between industry, government, energy providers and consumers to embrace the challenge.”

Hoare referenced Norway’s approach to building confidence with consumers through infrastructure and economic support, noting that it has taken consistency more than three decades to achieve the 70% market share for EVs seen there today.

Hoare added that the UK isn't yet ready for net-zero emissions in 2035. “The embryonics of those components required are in our grasp, but it takes that unity to synchronise our activities," he said.

"It will take a broad range of incentives, both at the point of sale but also during the usage of vehicle, so they become attractive and to support the government’s ambition of the 2035 timeframe. We’ve got to think carefully about a long-range programme of incentivisation. We need short-term goals to allow for long-term achievements.”

Hoare said that hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles would need to be in play to address the full range of vehicles, stating that hydrogen has a clear role in heavy-duty transport and the largest car models.

“The hydrogen pathway is one to watch, driven by the heavy-goods vehicle industry," he said. "Hydrogen could be an opportunity but very cost-sensitive. Therefore it will require a huge amount of innovation to make it affordable, but I do see great progress from energy providers and technologists.”

Ford of Europe president Stuart Rowley has previously told Autocar that talk of engine bans was “not helpful” and that best progress would be made if participants in negotiations were “positive and not adversarial”.

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23 June 2020

Agree that the timescale is pathetic and totally unreal, i can not understand why the automakers have not legally challenged this - plus that awful heap in the picture is NOT a Mustang, will never be a Mustang, infact it has more Volkswagen in it that anything Mustang.... VILE HEAP.

23 June 2020
jonboy4969 wrote:

plus that awful heap in the picture is NOT a Mustang, will never be a Mustang, infact it has more Volkswagen in it that anything Mustang.... VILE HEAP.

I agree, but apart from maybe the latest one, Mustangs have always been VILE HEAPS.

23 June 2020

It just needs the combined global genius of the worlds smartest people to concentrate on a single issue - developing an inexpensive to manufacture (in vast scale), high capacity, lower weight battery. We know how to do the car bit, easy the world has been making cars for decades, we now know how to drive them with electric motors, easy peasy. Its just batteries holding us back.

Just one bit of astounding breakthrough, some new way of manufacturing the impossible and the world can move on from carbon fuel transport.

24 June 2020
The Apprentice wrote:

It just needs the combined global genius of the worlds smartest people to concentrate on a single issue - developing an inexpensive to manufacture (in vast scale), high capacity, lower weight battery. We know how to do the car bit, easy the world has been making cars for decades, we now know how to drive them with electric motors, easy peasy. Its just batteries holding us back.

Just one bit of astounding breakthrough, some new way of manufacturing the impossible and the world can move on from carbon fuel transport.

It's already here.  It's called hydrogen.  It's the energy storage of the future.  Today.

23 June 2020

ICEs are not the problem, the problem is the fuels we use to power them.

23 June 2020
typos1 wrote:

ICEs are not the problem, the problem is the fuels we use to power them.

ICE engines are 50% efficient, at best. That's a huge problem, in addition to the fuel. 

23 June 2020
typos1 wrote:

ICEs are not the problem, the problem is the fuels we use to power them.

Being propelled by electric motor is so much better though, efficient, powerful, lightweight (I know you need heavy batts), quiet, controllable, linear, smooth - no gear changing, responsive, able to recover and resuse energy normally lost to grinding brake pads. 

23 June 2020
Ford and is understandably relunctand to change its curreng business model. The problem is that other companies (mostly chinese) are not. Remember what happenned in the 70's with the Japanese brands?
Prepare for a repeat.

23 June 2020

Surely with 14 years to go it is not that tough.

 Think what Tesla achieved in 14 years with no production history or experience. If the big boys cannot do it by then they simply lose everything. I cannot think of a single part of the market that is not covered by an adequate electric car right now. Batteries will get better, but already solid state and low cobalt units are breaking through.

If you gave Ford 50 years they would still complain as they want to sell cheap to build  ICE trucks and cars forever. 

Dinosaurs will not die out without a fight, but not let's give their ridiculous protestations too much space and time. 

If Ford die out so what, others will survive and provide what is needed

23 June 2020
Old But not yet Dead wrote:

Surely with 14 years to go it is not that tough.

 Think what Tesla achieved in 14 years with no production history or experience. If the big boys cannot do it by then they simply lose everything. I cannot think of a single part of the market that is not covered by an adequate electric car right now. Batteries will get better, but already solid state and low cobalt units are breaking through.

If you gave Ford 50 years they would still complain as they want to sell cheap to build  ICE trucks and cars forever. 

Dinosaurs will not die out without a fight, but not let's give their ridiculous protestations too much space and time. 

If Ford die out so what, others will survive and provide what is needed

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