EU emission rules are relentless, with producers facing high fines for failing to comply with fleet emissions. However, they can buy so-called credits from those who have complied with the rules. Ford is getting ready for something like that now.
Emission rules in the European Union are relentless this year. According to their offer, each of the carmakers has its own determined limit of fleet emissions (which on average for the entire automotive industry is 95 kg of CO2 per km), which must be met this year in order to avoid a fine for non-compliance. With the end of the year approaching, it begins to show which manufacturers manage to comply with the rules and which do not. Ford is currently at risk of belonging to the second group.
The European representation of the American colossus has indicated that it is looking for a partner who would help it reduce its fleet emissions. EU rules allow carmakers to unite, regardless of ownership, and share their fleet emissions. Brands that do not seem to meet the standards can buy so-called credits from those who, on the contrary, are sufficiently below the limit (for example, thanks to a wide range of electric cars) to reduce emissions on paper.
And Ford is now looking for just such a partner to avoid fines. At the same time, he has the best time for that, because the deadline for these unions is already 18 November, ie in a month. It is by this date that manufacturers must finally determine with whom they may share their emissions.
Ford has not yet indicated which carmaker he would like to work with. He will have a choice anyway. In recent weeks, both Volvo and Renault have indicated that they will be able to meet their limit this year, so they are offering their credits for sale to other brands. Electric vehicle specialist, Tesla then agreed on a similar step with the Italian-American concern Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The advent of electromobility has fallen asleep, with the first electric cars or plug-in hybrids just coming to market, so this pre-arranged cooperation suits him.
At first glance, even unimportant players can enter the game. These include London EV Company Limited, which makes famous London taxis. In addition to the “cab” TX, it currently has a hybrid drive in its portfolio as well delivery VN5 with a purely electric drive, so he has free credits to offer to other manufacturers, on which he can earn decent money.
In any case, Ford is not the only carmaker to share its fleet emissions with another manufacturer. Mazda forms an alliance with Toyota, a strong hybrid. Volkswagen again agreed with the Sino-British MG, or its owner, the carmaker SAIC. In his case, however, according to behind-the-scenes reports, it is more of a preventive step. In addition, it can help in the United Kingdom, where fleet emissions can be calculated separately for Brexit in the future, so Volkswagen’s help may come in handy from a domestic brand.
Of interest in this regard is the fact that Ford has separated its commercial vehicle division in the calculation of fleet emissions. She is said to be well on her way to complying with the rules, so in this case she joined forces with the Volkswagen utility division. So it’s about resolving Ford’s passenger car emissions.
In addition, Ford’s situation shows how strict the rules on fleet emissions are. Thanks to the success of the Ford Kuga PHEV, the American carmaker was well on track to comply with the regulations, but due to battery problems that resulted in a vehicle fire during charging, it had to stop selling the car in early September. And that suddenly decided higher fleet emissions for the rest of the portfolio. For this reason, the brotherly Escape PHEV for the North American market (actually only Kuga with a different name) will finally start selling in the USA next year.
On the contrary, Renault, by officially offering credits or sharing fleet emissions, proves that even a large mainstream manufacturer can meet the set limit and even fall below its level. Within Europe, Renault is one of the strongest brands in the field of electric cars, primarily thanks to the electrically powered Zoe hatchback. The same is true of Volvo, which, on the other hand, benefits from its wide range of plug-in hybrids.