AMSTERDAM — Ford of Europe says that its coming broader range of hybrid models will permit it to comply with stricter European Union emissions targets set for 2020-21 without the risk of paying fines.
Many other automakers — led by the region’s largest player, the Volkswagen Group — are preparing an offensive of battery-powered vehicles that comply to meet the EU's latest CO2 emissions reduction targets.
Ford will take a different route, counting more — like Toyota — on hybrids rather than battery electric vehicles.
Ford of Europe will not need big numbers of full-electric cars to comply with the new EU target because of its offensive in hybrid vehicles, Steve Armstrong, the automaker's regional chairman, told Automotive News Europe this month on the sidelines of the Go Further company event.
Ford is ramping up its launch of hybrids — with a special emphasis on plug-in hybrids such as the new Kuga compact crossover, which the company said emits 29 g/km of CO2 under the NEDC testing regime. Under an EU credit system favoring plug-in vehicles, any car emitting less than 50g/km of CO2 will count as two vehicles in 2020, 1.67 vehicles in 2021, 1.33 in 2022 and one by 2023.
Ford surprised the industry with the Kuga plug-in hybrid's particularly low emissions level. The Kuga is closer to a midsize sedan such as the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, which emits 28 g/km, than a similarly sized SUV, such as the Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid, which emits 49 g/km.