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Ford of Europe will partner with other manufacturers to meet EU emissions targets after Kuga fire risk recall
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15 October 2020

Ford of Europe will join an emissions pool with other car makers as it seeks to reduce its CO2 levels and avoid fines imposed by EU regulations.

The announcement comes just days after Renault opened an emissions pool and Volvo indicated it would be open to doing so, suggesting that the two brands are among the manufacturers Ford is planning to partner with.

In a statement, Ford of Europe said that although it was on track to meet its emissions targets, problems with its Kuga plug-in hybrid (PHEV) - which has withdrawn from sale since August following safety issues - mean that it will fail to meet the EU’s passenger vehicles levels “on our own”.

Ford must therefore purchase emissions credits from other manufacturers to avoid harsh EU fines. Transport & Environment claimed that Ford was less than 1.4g/km from meeting EU targets at the start of the year.

The Kuga PHEV was taken off sale in August and 20,808 examples recalled by Ford due to concerns about overheating battery packs, which resulted in some cars catching fire. Ford has also told buyers not to charge their high-voltage battery “until further notice” and drive the car only in “EV Auto” drive mode.

Ford has given affected owners a free three-year service and maintenance plan and, as of October, owners are also being offered a £500 voucher towards fuel as a goodwill gesture.

While Ford is struggling to meet its EU targets for passenger vehicles, it expects to exceed its targets on light commercial vehicles. In light of this, Ford said: “We have filed separately our intent to form an open pool so other OEMs – including Volkswagen AG – can benefit from the positive CO2 performance of our light commercial fleet.”

Ford and Renault are not the only manufacturers to exploit CO2 pools. Last year, Tesla made headlines when it admitted that it was making “hundreds of millions” of pounds selling EV credits to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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cambuster 19 October 2020

Perhaps shouldn't have closed it's UK R&D facility in Dunton...

..........., England, and transferred it's engineering design and engineering to Niehl, Germany?

xxxx 15 October 2020

Or....

Just hand it back and demand a full refund, its not fit for purpose

Citytiger 15 October 2020

xxxx wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Just hand it back and demand a full refund, its not fit for purpose

Citytiger 15 October 2020

xxxx wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Just hand it back and demand a full refund, its not fit for purpose

The Apprentice 15 October 2020

Giving free servicing to Kuga

Giving free servicing to Kuga PHEV drivers is pointless as 90% will be company cars so will save the lease company money but not the poor driver. I suppose is why the 500 quid payment too but who gets that? the driver or the registered keeper, again the lease company. Get a grip Ford.

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