All Fords to be available as EV or plug-in by mid-2026
By the middle of 2026, Ford’s entire passenger car range will be available with either pure electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains, and all will be pure electric by 2030, while the brand’s light commercial vehicle models will all be available with an electric or PHEV powertrain by 2024, the brand has announced.
The company has doubled its electrification investment plan to $22 billion (£15.8bn) by 2025.
“We successfully restructured Ford of Europe and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2020. Now we are charging into an all-electric future in Europe with expressive new vehicles and a world-class connected customer experience,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe.
The UK Government plans to ban sales of all new petrol and diesel cars and light commercial vehicles in 2030.
Peugeot confirms electric Rifter MPV
A 171-mile range electric Peugeot Rifter will join the French company’s range this autumn, available in five- or seven-seat layouts and Standard and Long bodies.
The e-Rifter gets the electric powertrain already used in a variety of sister products, including the Peugeot e-208, e-2008 and e-Expert van, and the Citroen e-C4 and Vauxhall Corsa-e, which means a 100kW or 136hp electric motor connected to a 50Kwh battery.
“We believe the e-Rifter is the ideal choice for both families and businesses looking for a versatile, zero-emissions vehicle,” said Peugeot UK managing director Julie David.
The e-Rifter has a 750kg towing capacity and boot space ranging from 775 litres for the five-seat standard car to 4000 litres with the rear seats folded in the long variant.
AFP announces EV training course
The Association of Fleet Professionals has announced details of a new training session designed to help businesses transition to electric vehicles.
The Making the Switch to EVs online course will take place on 16 March from 10am, and last for four hours, costing £225 for AFP members and £295 for non-members.
It will cover the five modules of market overview, evaluating a fleet’s potential to electrify, the cost and environmental benefits of switching, managing the real world transition and overseeing ongoing operations as business-as-usual.
“There is, of course, massive interest in EVs across the fleet sector at the moment but this is, as far as we are aware, the first training course designed to help businesses make the transition in a structured and informed fashion,” said Paul Hollick, chair at the AFP. “We’re expecting interest to be high and are also planning to repeat the course regularly over the whole of 2021. This is an area where it seems certain that demand for fleet expertise will grow very quickly in the near future.”