Ford plugs in for all-EV future

Published:  19 February, 2021

Ford is the latest carmaker to announce its intention to go all-in on EVs, and has said that mid-2026, 100% of its passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, moving to all-electric by 2030.

Ford’s CV range in Europe also will be 100% zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, by 2024. The company expects two-thirds of commercial vehicle sales expected to be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.

The move will be spearheaded by a $1 billion investment in a new EV manufacturing base in Cologne. The company’s first European-built, volume all-electric passenger vehicle for European customers will roll off the lines in Cologne from 2023.

Commenting on the move, Ford of Europe President Stuart Rowley said: “We successfully restructured Ford of Europe and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2020. Now we are charging into an all-electric future in Europe with expressive new vehicles and a world-class connected customer experience.”

Stuart concluded: “We will offer an exceptional range of electrified vehicles, supported by customer-centric digital services and experiences, allowing our customers to come with us on the journey to a fully electric future, starting right now with the launch of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E. In combination with our leading commercial vehicle business, this will form the basis of a sustainably profitable Ford business in Europe.”

Earlier in the week, Jaguar Land Rover declared its aim make the Jaguar marque all-EV by 2025, with Land Rover following by 2030.

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