• Mar 28, 2011
According to new reports, the European Union will announce plans to ban all fossil fuel-powered cars in Europe by 2050. The detailed plan will be outlined in the European Union's Roadmap on Transport, which will come out on Monday. By 2030, the EU plans to have reduced fossil fuel traffic by half, particularly in urban areas.

The EU hopes to achieve its goal by ramping up focus on hybrid technology in the next couple decades to make a smooth transition to all-electric power by the middle of the century. A big part of the shift seems to be moving away from personal transportation and toward public conveyances wherever possible.

The EU says the overall goal for the project is to reduce traffic-related C02 emissions by 60 percent in 2050. A big part of the reduction will come from the effort to achieve zero-C02 transportation in major urban areas, where people travel by car 75 percent of the time.

For its part, Ford Motor Company has already come out with a response to the legislation, criticizing the EU's plan, and we wouldn't be surprised to see more statements from other automakers follow suit soon. You can read Ford's response in their official press release after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Marco!

[Source: NU.nl (translated) via Autoblog.nl | Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]

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Ford Says EU's Proposals on Future Transport Policy Should Address Congestion, Environmental Issues While Preserving Consumer Choice and Jobs

• Ford believes the White Paper should address the issues of congestion and environmental issues associated with vehicles in urban areas, while preserving consumer choice, jobs and economic growth

• Ford calls for a sensible, multi-stakeholder debate on improving the road network and infrastructure in urban areas as part of an overall discussion on future transport policy
• European policy also needs to be more holistic, and Stephen Odell calls for the development of an industrial policy to improve Europe's competitiveness

COLOGNE, Germany, March 28, 2011 – Ford Motor Company has recognized for many years that there are congestion and environmental concerns associated with the use of vehicles, particularly in urban environments. This is why Ford has been actively pursuing a range of lower CO2 technologies, including electric vehicles.

While the European Commission's intentions are positive, Ford believes there are other policy proposals that would better achieve the end goal than the recommendations in the White Paper on Transport Policy that was published today.

"The Commission's position paper while well intentioned would not achieve its goals of improving transportation policy," said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. "I believe the Commission should address the environmental and congestion issues associated with vehicles in urban areas to ensure consumer choice, and drive jobs and economic growth in Europe."

Ford believes the proposals outlined in the White Paper – which call for a 50 per cent reduction in internal combustion-engined cars in urban areas by 2030, and a complete ban by 2050 – would not effectively address the issues of congestion and environmental improvement in urban areas. The proposal seeks to limit consumer choice of what vehicles can and cannot be purchased, and a more robust approach would better improve road transport infrastructure.
"While expanding the number of electric vehicles could help with our shared goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions depending on how the electricity is generated, it will not help us tackle the issue of urban congestion. This situation will best be resolved through a sensible debate on how to improve the road network and other aspects of the road infrastructure in urban areas as part of a holistic discussion on transport policy," Odell said.

Ford also questioned if more environmental benefits could be achieved through alternative proposals not outlined in the White Paper. Electric vehicles undoubtedly have an important part to play in the future of road transport. The White Paper, however, does not tackle the issue of how such a sharp demand for electricity within 20 years will be achieved. Ford believes any proposals that seek to rapidly ramp-up the electric vehicle fleet not only need to be market driven, but also must be aligned to an overall European Union energy policy. "We can do more to advance the debate on the future of urban mobility in the EU if we maintain and enhance the Commission's previous, integrated, multi-modal transport approach that does not favour some transportation modes over others." Ford would welcome the Commission adopting a more realistic and holistic approach to policy. In particular, it needs to pay much closer attention to the competitiveness of the European automotive industry, which it presumably hopes will be able to make the huge investments necessary to develop cleaner and safer vehicles. "There is a great need for the European Commission to develop a holistic industrial policy to enhance Europe's international competitiveness," Odell said. "Industry is an important wealth-creator for the European economy, and a vital driver for technological innovation."

"As we have seen in recent months with the German economy, industry is key in aiding economic growth and well-being. It is critical for the future of the European economy that a comprehensive policy is created aimed at strengthening Europe's industrial base."

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About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.fordmotorcompany.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 51 individual markets and employs approximately 66,000 employees. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford of Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 22 manufacturing facilities, including joint ventures. The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The odds of this actually happening are slim and none. That is unless someone develops a pill that can be disolved in water that will run a car. And what about the strong collector base in Europe for vintage cars. Surely they aren't expecting everyone to just slide their cars they spent years and thousands of Euros to restore to just relegate them to the garage or a dusty old museum.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, this will totally lose my interest on cars all together. This is sad :(
        • 3 Years Ago
        As long as this doesn't spread to the US, I'm happy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm guessing a lot of the reactions here would have been similar if there had been talk of a mandate in 1970 to have all new cars average 30 mpg by 2010
        • 3 Years Ago
        Um, NO!! Stopping for gas can be an inconvenience, so fewer stops is always welcome. Besides, future mandates on cars, as big a pain as they can be, cannot be compared to an all out ban on something.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn, and I thought we brought the Soviet-Union down in 1990....yikes!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dearest Member of European Parliament:

      Go Fu#k Yourself!!

      Kindly,

      the one who pays your wage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Truly sad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, that is rather stupid.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea, really stupid. By then gas will be so expensive, no one will be able to use it anyway...
      • 3 Years Ago
      There will be no EU by 2050!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually you're probably right...given that they keep sucking up smaller, failing countries, it won't be long before the big players (Germany, mainly) get tired of propping up the system and bail. There has been and is talk of it already, because the fact is Germany and the few other successful nations supporting the EU have much more to gain by leaving it, and almost nothing to lose.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know what they say..."Crack don't smoke its self!"

      So good luck with that EU....
        • 3 Years Ago
        Strikes me as almost as naive and idealistic as "cars of tomorrow" ads from the 50s with turbine cars and flying rides.

        Fact is, diesel is more green and economical than electric cars or hybrids, as much as tree-huggers and opportunist politicians want to think otherwise. For some reason people think giant batteries are grown from greenhouses or something, and not from ecologically-damaging factories blowing pollutants in the air and tailings in the water. A hybrid getting 50 MPG is doing a lot more damage than a diesel getting 40 MPG. That's not even mentioning advances in biodiesel.

        Politicians jump on catchy words like "electric cars" and "hybrids" without even considering the real-world practicality of them, and it's a shame. Maybe hybrids will be more efficient and cleaner than diesels in 2050. But that's not set in stone, and it's stupid/irresponsible to already be setting legislation like that right now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think it is a calculated move by the EU. Most of the oil going into the EU is coming from the Gulf states and North Africa with some from Russia. With the current political turbulence coupled with the known fact that oil supplies are dwindling, it make more sense to put tremendous pressure on the auto industry to switch to alternatives.

        A move similar to this in the United States doesn't makes sense because even if all the oil in the Middle East and North Africa becomes inaccessible to the US, there is still oil supplies available in Canada. Also, public transit in the US is no where near as advanced as it is in the EU.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, 40 years is a long way off. I'd be willing to bet a pretty penny that electric car technology will have advanced way beyond the capabilities of fossil fueled variants by then. Electronics on a whole are set to take a massive leap forward when technologies like CVD synthetic diamond technology and better batteries become cheaper to mass produce. IMO, it's possible it'll spark a revolution much like oil did. You can't argue with efficiency. Besides, fossil fuels are a finite energy source. What's the point of gas engined cars when gas is scarce & too expensive for the general public to afford? If history had followed the lead of some short sighted people, we'd all still be riding horses & taking sailboats on our trips abroad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not that far-fetched. I've lived in Europe and South Korea, and the countries are smaller with dense populations and really well-developed public transit infrastructures. You truly and literally don't need a car. You can get virtually anywhere in the country on some form of public transit.

        Since cars are a luxury, cars and gas are taxed accordingly, major highways have very high tolls, and cities often have parking by expensive resident permit only or in pricey private garages for visitors.

        I recall my host father in Spain 11 years ago sitting down with a calculator and pricing out the gas, tolls, and parking for a road trip before choosing to take his car over a bus or train. And that's exactly what the high taxes and charges are meant to do: make car owners think twice before driving. You want the convenience of taking your car? Fine. You can pay for it.


        And as a note - not only do European and Asian countries have trains to get virtually anywhere, they have different SPEEDS of trains to fit your budget. The fastest ones, of course, run at 300km/h (186 mph), so they're speedier than driving.

        I know naysayers will say that this model would "never work" in a big country like America, but you have to start somewhere! China is HUGE, and they're busy building a massive high-speed rail network to connect their whole country, and building it fast. Imagine how many jobs such an initiative could create in this country - talk about a stimulus - and we'd be left with something every citizen could use and enjoy which would help move our country into the future.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Quote: "Fact is, diesel is more green and ECONOMICAL than electric cars or hybrids, as much as tree-huggers and opportunist politicians want to think otherwise."

        Jetta TDI - 140 Horsepower
        MSRP (Automatic): $24,095
        EPA Mileage Est: 30/42

        Hyundai Elantra - 148 Horsepower
        MSRP (Automatic):$17,800
        EPA Mileage Est: 29/40

        The only green I care about is money. How long to recoup the $6,000 difference between the two?

        Answer: NEVER

        Diesel on average costs 13% more than gasoline right now, so any additional efficiency is absolutely lost. Hyundai could add direct injection to this engine and easily surpass the efficiency of the TDI. Heck the gasoline BMW 528i gets roughly the same mileage as the new Mercedes E350 blutec diesel.

        The fact is emissions standards make diesel prohibitively costly to produce due to all the systems required to pass air quality tests. These systems also reduce fuel economy, efficiency, and power versus alternatives. Diesel fuel is not as refined as gasoline.

        We should instead focus on producing fuel from various biological sources. Those sources get their energy either directly or indirectly from the sun. The sun isn't going away any time soon. And I'm not talking about freaking corn.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Public Transportation would totally be advanced if protectionist & liberals don't bitch about "American Job" "Out-Sourcing" blah blah blah all the time.

        I mean, whats that rail road Biden wants? Why don't we outsource it to Germans so we can have a cool Maglev?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants

        nope, no oil based powered car will be alllowed in the cities.

        i was the one the posted the article to see the effect.
        @ first i could only find info on 2 places, now it's globally avaiable.
        : )

        so be cautious before visiting a car auction.
        you could pay 100.000 now and it's worthless by 2050

        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Because maglevs are psychotically expensive to build and the money could easily go to towards multiple conventional trains.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good post Alex E. I agree 100%.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Quote: Ha ha ha. A 528 getting the same milage than CDI Blue Efficiency?! Or Elantra as same as Jetta TDI??? If you manage that (with same driving style!!!) than you'll get a 10000000 $ prize form me!

        www.fueleconomy.gov

        Same driving style. Look it up dummy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TechySpecy
        Ha ha ha. A 528 getting the same milage than CDI Blue Efficiency?! Or Elantra as same as Jetta TDI??? If you manage that (with same driving style!!!) than you'll get a 10000000 $ prize form me!
        The most americans really don't know how good modern common-rail diesel engines are, they even beat modern turbo petrol cars! Have more torque over wider rev range than turbo petrol versions (for most of them) and you don't have to change gears at 2000rpm to get high MPGs (as for modern turbo-petrol!).
        If you like muscle cars, then commonrail diesel engines are the way!!!
        A 320d Efficient Dynamics beats the hell out of 323i and gets better milage than Prius does! 4,5L/100km combined is more common than rare!

        As for the topic, I was very sceptical that electric vehicles will be good alternative, but after seing a BMWs I3 in action I say GO FOR IT! As long as it has RWD, tight steering, enough power/torque to lose traction if hammered AND limited slip diff, I will buy it, NO MATTER WHAT IT WILL POWERED BY!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I second the 'statement' of trying to make the obvious official. In 40 years, with the current state of petrol econo-politics (think wars, regional instability and terrorism) and the slowly dwindling supply of CHEAP oil, the use of petroleum powered vehicles will likely draw down without any type of government intervention. It's just going to happen on its own. The proposed legislation, if enacted, won't have to lift a finger.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fine. More oil for the rest of us.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @TechySpecy:

      Quote:

      Jetta TDI - 140 Horsepower
      MSRP (Automatic): $24,095
      EPA Mileage Est: 30/42

      Hyundai Elantra - 148 Horsepower
      MSRP (Automatic):$17,800
      EPA Mileage Est: 29/40

      Reply:

      Cherry pick specs much? Let's see:

      Jetta TDI:
      Torque: 236 ft-lbs. @ 1750 rpm
      Curb weight: 3,161 lbs

      Hyundai Elantra:
      Torque: 131 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm
      Curb weight: 2,661 lbs

      Seems like a couple of pretty darned important specs to miss, if you're trying to make a valid comparison. That's 16% less weight for the Elantra, but a whopping 45% less torque.

      Load both cars up for a road trip, then put your foot to the floor, and watch what happens.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "My uncle has a country place, that no one knows about... he says it used to be a farm, before the motor laws... "
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