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Access to EVs is a Right: Ford

By Sofía Garduño | Tue, 06/28/2022 - 17:47

Ford’s recently published Human Rights Report communicates its approach toward different human rights issues such as climate change, which the US automaker is addressing by promoting the interconnection of sustainable environmental practices, a healthy economy and human rights. Ford is also working to make EVs more affordable and charging more accessible in low-income communities.


“Just Transition is an issue that we are addressing and evolving our strategy at Ford as we move towards electrification and carbon neutrality. Our work begins with our employees and extends to our supply chain and the communities in which we operate,” says Ford


Climate change is affecting poorer countries and communities at a higher rate, hampering their access to food, water, clean air and a safer place to live, according to the automaker. To address this problem, Ford has committed to democratize EVs as it claims that everyone deserves to have access to safe and climate friendly mobility. Its efforts to increase access to EVs include the launching of the Mustang Mach-E, the F-150 Lighting and the E-Transit van.


The transition toward electromobility is lagging in emerging countries amid the unaffordability of EVs for mass market consumers, as reported by IEA. Currently China, the EU and the US are the leaders of the EV market, the rest of the countries account for only 5 percent of the global EV fleet, says BNEF.


“We are working to make EV charging accessible in low income and disadvantaged communities, to make an electric lifestyle available for everyone, not just the elite,” added Ford.


The EV strategy aims to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Ford’s strategy includes the electrification of some of its iconic vehicles, investment in EV technology in North America and the EU and collaboration with suppliers to reduce their emissions.


By 2030, jobs at manufacturers and suppliers of ICE vehicles are expected to drop by 20 percent, while jobs at suppliers focused on zero-emissions technology will increase by 10 percent, says a report by the Boston Consulting Group as reported by Reuters. Owing to this, Ford aims to accelerate its ability to reskill, upskill and better develop its employees and the people in the communities it operates. Ford is committed to transition its ICE engineers to electrified powertrain engineers.


Mexico: A Ford’s partner


Ford has relied on Mexico as a partner to achieve its global electromobility goals. According to US Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar, US companies are investing in Mexico to increase electromobility in the region. Ford, for example, produces 77,000 annual Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles per year in its Cuautitlan plant, as reported by MBN.

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Sofía Garduño Sofía Garduño Journalist & Industry Analyst