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Video: Ford to launch 7 EVs to accelerate European electrification

16 March 2022

Ford doubled down on its commitment to only sell all-electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe by 2030 with plans to rollout seven passenger vehicles and vans by 2024.

Ford said it would transition to only selling EVs in Europe in February of last year and said it would convert its entire commercial vehicle range to zero-emissions by 2024.

Ford expects its annual sales of EVs in Europe to exceed 600,000 units by 2026 and will accelerate its goal to sell more than 2 million EVs globally by 2026.

“Our march toward an all-electric future is an absolute necessity for Ford to meet the mobility needs of customers across a transforming Europe,” said Stuart Rowley, chairman of Ford in Europe. “It’s also about the pressing need for greater care of our planet, making a positive contribution to society and reducing emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.”

7 EVs

Following the introduction of the all-electric Mach-E in 2021 and the Mach-E GT and E-Transit this year, Ford will unveil plans for seven all-electric vehicles to join the Ford family in Europe, three passenger cars and four commercial vehicles.

Ford will begin production of an all-new electric passenger vehicle — a medium-sized crossover — that will be manufactured in Cologne, Germany. A second EV will be added to the Cologne production line in 2024 and the Ford Puma will get an electrified version made in Craiova, Romania, in 2024.

The four commercial vehicle rollout will include:

  • Transit Custom — a one-ton electric van in 2023.
  • Tourneo Custom — a multi-purpose vehicle in 2023.
  • Transit Courier — an electrified smaller van in 2024.
  • Tourneo Courier — a smaller multi-purpose vehicle in 2024.

Investing in production

Additionally, Ford announced it would make investments into its infrastructure including a new battery assembly facility in Cologne scheduled to start operations in 2024 as well as $2 billion to expand the facility to accommodate an increase to 1.2 million vehicles over the next six years.

Under an agreement with SK On Co. and Koc Holdings, Ford will create a new joint venture business in Turkey where the three partners will create one of the largest EV battery facilities in Europe. The JV will be located near Ankara, Turkey, and will manufacture high nickel NMC cells for assembly into battery modules. Production is intended to start as early as mid-decade with an annual capacity to be in the range of 30 to 45 gigawatt hours.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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