Ford Germany boss criticizes EU climate plans

The tightened EU climate plans are likely to lead to cuts at Ford in Germany and Europe.

Ford production line in Spain during Coronavirus pandemic – (photo by Ford)

“Our goal for Ford is that we definitely meet the new climate targets. But that has consequences: We will probably no longer produce 1.4 million cars a year in Europe, but significantly less,” said Ford Germany boss Gunnar Herrmann to the Handelsblatt.

The EU Commission presented its new climate targets in mid-September. Brussels wants to reduce EU-wide carbon dioxide emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 instead of the 40 percent previously planned.

There will be “massive changes” in Ford Europe’s model portfolio. “We have some models with conventional engine technology that are still being considered for 2024 and 2025, but which now have to be reconsidered because of the EU climate targets,” Herrmann continued.

Doubts about success of electric cars

The head of Ford Germany has doubts about the market success of electric cars because of the incomplete charging infrastructure. “In many cities and municipalities, we have a density of housing for which we actually have no answers in terms of the charging infrastructure,” says Herrmann.

Herrmann also criticized that only new projects such as the Tesla factory in Brandenburg can count on public funding. “It can’t be the answer that we’re moving to Brandenburg or Romania too. We are responsible for almost 22,000 people who are employed by us in Cologne, Saarlouis and Aachen,” he said.

Author: Nabeel K


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