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Half the Ford dealers in the US, or some 1,550, have chosen to stick with selling hybrid and internal combustion engine vehicles only in 2024, waiting to decide whether to make the investments needed to sell and service electric vehicles, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"EV adoption rates vary across the country and we believe our dealers know their market best," Ford spokesman Marty Gunsberg told the Detroit Free Press. "As Ford dealers have completed their own local market assessments, enrollments for 2024 are just over 50% of the network, placing 86% of the population within 20 miles of a Ford dealership that can sell and service a Ford EV."

Earlier, Ford had to ease the requirements for dealerships that sell electric cars, and now it is possible to make less investments and have fewer charging devices, Motor.ru reported.

Ford dealers are declining to sell electric cars because the "battery" models are no longer in demand, and the automaker is slowing down the program of electrification of the model line.

Although the development scenario of Ford's electric cars is not the most optimal for this auto giant, the sales of "battery" models are increasing and renewing the maximum indicators.

The Ford F-150 Lightning has become the best-selling electric pickup truck in the eleven months of 2023. So far there are no strong competitors, but the Tesla Cybertruck and the GMC Sierra will be on the market in 2024.

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