Stuart Rowley speaks out against conflict between manufacturers and government at the Mach E's London launch
Steve Cropley Autocar
14 February 2020

Ford’s European boss Stuart Rowley has moved to dampen concerns about a conflict between car makers and legislators, following government proposals to ‘ban’ sale of combustion cars and hybrids from 2035.

Speaking at a London event called Go Electric aimed at publicising Ford’s electrification models and plans, Rowley said he believed talk of bans was “not helpful” and that best progress would be made if participants in negotiations were “positive and not adversarial”.

“We have already begun a lot of negotiations,” says Rowley, “both here and in the EU, where proposed new laws are also hugely ambitious. The authorities have seen that we’re making good progress this year - Ford plans 14 electrified models this year alone - and we’ll make much more progress by 2025.

“What’s really important is the performance of the cars we build now. Between today and 2035 the industry will put 30 million cars on the road in the UK alone, and that fleet will be around until 2050. What matters right now is how effective those cars are at reducing CO2 now.”

Rowley believes there are “smart people” in government prepared to “engage sincerely” in drawing up effective plans for our electrified future. They will be watching for unintended consequences, says Rowley, and will move to reduce them with tweaks and changes when necessary.

“The challenge for us right now,” says Rowley, “is to make the right plans for our next portfolio of models. It’s likely that pure internal combustion engine models will struggle from 2025 when the next tranche of regulations arrives. We believe the battery electric vehicle will become a big part of the mix, and quite soon. But we have to make a bet on whether that demand arrives in, say, 2023 or 2027. And given the size of the investment needed, the stakes are very high.

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Ford’s first vehicle designed purely for electric power, the Mach-e, went on sale last November at prices between £40,250 and £58,000. UK buyers who have reserved cars will be asked to confirm their spec and pay a deposit this summer, and local deliveries of the Mexican-built cars will start late this year, at the same time as US deliveries begin.

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14 February 2020
So, if the government wants to ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 or, as was mentioned this week, 2032, what possible reason would manufacturers spend huge amounts of money on any new ICE powertrain when it's life cycle would be so short? Surely, as other people have mentioned, it would be far more logical to implement a phased reduction approach. That way, at least you will allow the charging infrastructure to develop in line with demand. I have a funny feeling that nobody has even done a feasibility study into this.

14 February 2020

built in Mexico? What happened to Trimps wall?? Lol

on another note the car looks fab and knowing ford it willl drive well too. The future is here

14 February 2020

Says the man with NO BEV's for sale on the forecourt. 

14 February 2020
xxxx wrote:

Says the man with NO BEV's for sale on the forecourt. 

Despite the Transit PHEV, on sale today. 100% pure EV drive, with a range extender to top up the battery (no mechanical connection to the wheels).

The Mustang Mach-E is a true game changer, late? They're ahead of GM, and VW's lead is irrelevant due to Ford/VW's joint venture making BEVs.

So no, Ford are commenting as they know a 2032 ban will break the UK market - a concern to the massive volume of people in the UK working in the automotive industry....

How are people going to replace their ICE vehicles with BEVs if they aren't earning?

14 February 2020
CarNut170 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Says the man with NO BEV's for sale on the forecourt. 

Despite the Transit PHEV, on sale today. 100% pure EV drive, with a range extender to top up the battery (no mechanical connection to the wheels).

The Mustang Mach-E is a true game changer, late? They're ahead of GM, and VW's lead is irrelevant due to Ford/VW's joint venture making BEVs.

So no, Ford are commenting as they know a 2032 ban will break the UK market - a concern to the massive volume of people in the UK working in the automotive industry....

How are people going to replace their ICE vehicles with BEVs if they aren't earning?

Since when is a Transit a BEV? How do you know the Mustang will be game changer? you probably won't even see one in the UK till 2022. Like I said no BEV on then forecourt.
As to ahead of GM (Bolt) and VW irrelevant - How I laugh at your ignorance

14 February 2020
xxxx wrote:
CarNut170 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Says the man with NO BEV's for sale on the forecourt. 

Despite the Transit PHEV, on sale today. 100% pure EV drive, with a range extender to top up the battery (no mechanical connection to the wheels).

The Mustang Mach-E is a true game changer, late? They're ahead of GM, and VW's lead is irrelevant due to Ford/VW's joint venture making BEVs.

So no, Ford are commenting as they know a 2032 ban will break the UK market - a concern to the massive volume of people in the UK working in the automotive industry....

How are people going to replace their ICE vehicles with BEVs if they aren't earning?

Since when is a Transit a BEV? How do you know the Mustang will be game changer? you probably won't even see one in the UK till 2022. Like I said no BEV on then forecourt.
As to ahead of GM (Bolt) and VW irrelevant - How I laugh at your ignorance

Further to Ford's statements about emissions compliance, we can be sure we'll see Mach-E's in Europe and the UK before the end of the year.

The Transit PHEV is a BEV with a small generator bolted in the front.

The WorkXL Ford were touting all over in the media a while back, is a full BEV with it appears the exact same powertrain...

Of course, Ford had a Ford Escort BEV with lead-acid batteries. They have been playing the BEV game a long time....

14 February 2020
CarNut170 wrote:
xxxx wrote:
CarNut170 wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Says the man with NO BEV's for sale on the forecourt. 

Despite the Transit PHEV, on sale today. 100% pure EV drive, with a range extender to top up the battery (no mechanical connection to the wheels).

The Mustang Mach-E is a true game changer, late? They're ahead of GM, and VW's lead is irrelevant due to Ford/VW's joint venture making BEVs.

So no, Ford are commenting as they know a 2032 ban will break the UK market - a concern to the massive volume of people in the UK working in the automotive industry....

How are people going to replace their ICE vehicles with BEVs if they aren't earning?

Since when is a Transit a BEV? How do you know the Mustang will be game changer? you probably won't even see one in the UK till 2022. Like I said no BEV on then forecourt.
As to ahead of GM (Bolt) and VW irrelevant - How I laugh at your ignorance

Further to Ford's statements about emissions compliance, we can be sure we'll see Mach-E's in Europe and the UK before the end of the year.

The Transit PHEV is a BEV with a small generator bolted in the front.

The WorkXL Ford were touting all over in the media a while back, is a full BEV with it appears the exact same powertrain...

Of course, Ford had a Ford Escort BEV with lead-acid batteries. They have been playing the BEV game a long time....

ESCORT BEV, now you're getting desparate. GM dropped their range extender some years ago and BMW have pretty much done the same too, both tried it and have halted it before FORD even got their Tranny on the market, not that that's BEV anyway

14 February 2020

Given it has taken 11 years and £4bn to not lay a single mile of HS2 track and another 20 years just to build a railway line to Leeds how the hell are we going to have an EV infrastructure to support 2m annual car sales in place in 12 years?! 

14 February 2020

 Like it or lump it the car makers know EV will eventually rule, it's another 15years before this deadline happens, surely in that space of time we'll be that much further down a cleaner greener transport for all.

14 February 2020
Deluded as usual. 15 years is a small period of time to develop significant infrastructure. Given that the shower of sh!te in Westminster took 4 years to get us out of Europe what hope for the death of the ICE?

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