Technical problems with the new Kuga plug-in hybrid and the resulting mass recall plunge Ford into serious difficulties in Europe.
According to its own statements, the car manufacturer will therefore miss the EU’s CO2 fleet targets this year and will be forced to join a so-called open CO2 pool with another car manufacturer at the last minute.
Renault could become the pooling partner because the French will remain below the EU emission standards for this year due to the great sales success of their all-electric Zoe. Ford did not initially say who the partner would be.
Ford forms a pool in the light commercial vehicle sector
In a statement, Ford stated that the company has always met the EU’s emissions targets and will continue to do so. “However, the current problems with the Kuga PHEV and the necessary delivery stop have affected our plan, the EU emissions regulations for cars for 2020 alone Therefore, like many other OEMs in Europe, we now intend to join an open pool with other OEMs for passenger cars.
“The recent events with the Kuga PHEV have resulted in a freeze on deliveries and sales of this model. This has undermined our plan to meet the EU’s 2020 emission targets for cars on our own. So we now intend, as do many other vehicle manufacturers in Europe to form an open pool with other manufacturers in the passenger car sector.
In the area of light commercial vehicles, on the other hand, Ford says it has no problems meeting the CO2 requirements. That is why Ford wants to create an open CO2 pool for this segment in order to give other commercial vehicle manufacturers with a poorer CO2 balance the opportunity to participate. Ford of Europe explicitly named the Volkswagen Group in this context.
Recall of 20,808 plug-in hybrids
At the beginning of September, Ford stopped selling other Kuga plug-in hybrid models in Europe after parts of the high-voltage technology caught fire in several vehicles. 20,808 Kuga plug-in hybrids that have already been delivered have been called back to the workshops.
However, Ford has not yet found the cause of the problem, which is why the recalled vehicles have to continue driving first – but Ford has urged the owners to only run the cars with the internal combustion engine and no longer charge the battery.
In order to appease the owners because of the considerable inconvenience, Ford has promised those affected a fuel voucher worth 500 euros and an extended guarantee period.
American escape is also affected
The problems with the Kuga plug-in hybrid also have an impact on the carmaker’s business in the USA. The sales start of the compact crossover Escape plug-in hybrid planned for this fall will now be postponed to the coming year because the electric drive train is based on the same components as the European Kuga.
“We are postponing production until next year and are first investigating what happened to the Kuga in Europe,” said a company spokesman in Dearborn. So far, no Escape plug-in hybrid has come onto the market in the USA.
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CO2 emissions in Germany by September 2020