From 1 July, Ford will allow its entire US retailer network to sell electric vehicles. The costly plan divided the firm’s retailer network, with nearly half being prohibited from selling or servicing electric Fords. This will reverse the controversial Model e program that rolled out less than two years ago.

“They ought to be embarrassed with what they’ve done,” said Don Hall, CEO of the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association. “I feel bad for the dealers who have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to be in compliance, only to have cars sitting on the lot.”