Ford has announced plans to introduce three new electric passenger vehicles and four new electric commercial vehicles in Europe by 2024. The carmaker of the blue oval therefore plans to sell more than 600,000 electric vehicles in the Old Continent by 2026.
“These new electric vehicles indicate what is a true total transformation of our brand in Europe – a complete new generation of zero-emission vehicles, designed for a connected world and able to offer our customers a very high level of experience. of possession, ” said Stuart Rowley, President of Ford of Europe.
Starting in 2023, Ford will begin production of one brand new electric car: this will be a medium-sized crossover, which will be assembled in the Cologne factory. A second vehicle, always electric, identified as “csporty rossover “, will be added to the production line of the Ford Cologne Electrification Centre in 2024. The investment to enable production of the second vehicle in Cologne is estimated at $ 2 billion, and includes a new battery assembly plant that will begin operations in 2024.
In addition, the best-selling Ford passenger car in Europe, the Ford Puma, will also be available as an electric version, and will be produced in Craiova, Romania, starting in 2024.
News is also coming to Ford’s Transit range which will include four new electric models. To be precise, the brand new one-tonne Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom utility vehicle planned for 2023. To these are added the smaller next-generation Transit Courier and Tourneo Courier utility vehicle to be launched in 2024.
Ford for electric vehicles arriving in Europe invests in battery manufacturing center
To support the electrification plans of the new vehicles, Ford, SK on Co., e Koc Holding signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a new joint venture.
Subject to the execution of a final agreement, the three partners plan to create one of the largest electric vehicle battery plants in the European region. The joint venture it will be located near Ankara and the factory will produce high nickel content NMC cells to assemble into battery array modules. Production should start as early as mid-decade with an annual capacity that should be between 30 and 45 Gigawatt hours.
“We are pleased to take this opportunity to grow our joint venture with Koc Holding and leverage this strategic partnership to optimize the use of our resources and capabilities in Romania” – Rowley said. “Ford Craiova is today a great success story and we are convinced that through Ford Otosan’s experience and knowledge of electrification and commercial vehicles, it will reach even higher levels.”