Ford Steps Up Plans for All-Electric Future in Europe

Source: Ford

Source: Ford

After recently announcing it would create a separate electric vehicle division called Ford Model e, Ford is continuing its drive to an all-electric future in Europe, announcing in March that it will offer a new generation of seven, all-electric, fully connected vehicles by 2024. The three new passenger vehicles and four new commercial vehicles will join the already launched Mustang Mach-E and soon-to-be-launched E-Transit van.

Starting in 2023, Ford will begin production in Cologne, Germany, of a new electric passenger vehicle – a five-seat, medium-sized crossover – with a second electric vehicle – a sports crossover – to be added to the Cologne production line-up in 2024. The company’s top-selling passenger vehicle in Europe, the Ford Puma, will also be available as an electric version from 2024, with production to be located at the company’s facility in Craiova, Romania.

Ford’s Transit commercial van range will include four new electric models – the Transit Custom one-tonne van and Tourneo Custom multi-purpose vehicle in 2023, and the smaller, next-gen Transit Courier van and Tourneo Courier multi-purpose vehicle in 2024.

With this range of electric models, Ford expects its annual sales of EVs in Europe to exceed 600,000 units in 2026.
Ford’s Cologne Electrification Centre will be a hub of production. Investment in the new vehicles to be built at the site is expected to be $2 billion ($AU2.7 billion) and will include investment in a new battery assembly facility.

Ford’s manufacturing plant in Romania, where the Puma will be built, will also be home to the new Transit Courier and Tourneo Courier.

To support its electrification plans, Ford – along with South Korea’s SK On Co., Ltd. and Turkey’s Koç Holding – are planning a new joint venture, with the partners to create one of the largest EV battery facilities in the region, to be located near Ankara in Turkey.

The site will manufacture high Nickel NMC cells, and production is intended to start by the middle of the decade with annual capacity to be in the range of 30 to 45 Gigawatt hours.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (April 2022) 

15 April 2022

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