Ford, GM, Mercedes Among 6 Automakers and 30 Countries in Glasgow Pledging a Zero-Emissions Future

By Paul Riegler on 10 November 2021
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Six automakers and 30 countries pledged, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, to move to eliminate the production of new gasoline- and diesel-powered automobiles by 2040. While the list includes such major automakers as Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, as well as countries such as Britain, Canada, India, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the Netherlands, the compendium of companies that either abstained or did not pledge was notable.

That group includes BMW, Toyota, Volkswagen, and the Renault-Nissan alliance, as well as China, Japan, and the United States. The latter three represent three of the largest automobile markets in the world.

“Together, we will work towards all sales of new cars and vans being zero emissions globally by 2040, and by no later than 2035 in leading markets,” the pledge states.

The signatories aim to make zero-emission vehicles a world standard, just as internal-combustion engine vehicles now are.

“We will support efforts to achieve the road transport breakthrough announced by world leaders, which aims to make zero emission vehicles the new normal by making them accessible, affordable and sustainable in all regions by 2030,” the pledge reads.

The pledge was signed by a variety of constituencies including financial institutions, business fleet owners, and shared mobility companies, as well as by cities, states, and regional governments, most notably California and Washington.

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