Ford has today announced it will launch seven new electric vehicles in Europe in the next two years as it provided new details of its plans to go green.
Three will be electric cars – one of them based on the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV – and four will be electric vans, with Ford also announcing on Monday that it will rid emissions from its European commercial vehicles from 2035.
Bosses have earmarked sales of more than 600,000 electric vehicles per year in Europe by 2026, as Ford aims to become a carbon neutral business nine years later.
The news comes just weeks after the US auto company confirmed that it will split its operations in two: ‘Ford Blue’ will concentrate on the development of its conventional combustion-engine models up until 2030 while ‘Ford Model e’ will solely focus on EVs.
Ford’s electric push: The US brand has confirmed it will launch seven new EVs in Europe in the next two years, taking its zero-emission line-up to nine cars by 2024. The Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit are already on sale
Three of the new EVs launched in the next two years will be cars, which will join Ford’s Mustang Mach-E SUV (pictured) as part of its expanding electric line-up
Ford’s latest update on its electrification plans were announced on Monday during a spring statement issued by Stuart Rowley, chair at Ford of Europe, promising customers three new electric cars to join its ranks alongside the Mustang Mach-E.
The first will be a ‘medium-sized crossover’ taking advantage of Ford’s recent partnership with German powerhouse VW to work on joint projects for electric cars and vans, first revealed in 2020.
It will be built on the same ‘MEB’ platform that underpins Volkswagen’s ‘ID’ range of EVs and be based on the ID.4.
This means it should sit below its electric Mustang SUV when it does arrive.
It will be produced at Ford’s new electric-only state-of-the-art manufacturing centre in Cologne, Germany, and should be in production and on sale from next year.
Ford promises it will have a full-charge battery range of 500km (311 miles) and its name will be revealed later in 2022. VW’s ID.4, with the 77kWh Pro Performance battery, has a claimed range of 320 miles.
The first car will be a ‘medium-sized crossover’ and will be built on the same ‘MEB’ platform that underpins Volkswagen’s ‘ID’ range of EVs and be based on the ID.4 SUV (pictured)
Both new crossovers will be produced at Ford’s new electric-only state-of-the-art manufacturing centre in Cologne (pictured) and will be on sale from next year
The second EV model – also produced in Cologne – will follow in 2024, which is being described as a ‘sports crossover’ – likely a coupe version of the SUV arriving a year before.
The third is the Ford Puma EV – a fully-electric version of the existing compact SUV that will be sold as a standalone model from 2024.
This will be built at the brand’s manufacturing plant in Craiova, Romania.
The third new Ford electric car is A Puma EV – a fully-electric version of the existing compact SUV (pictured) that will be sold as a standalone model from 2024
The Puma EV will be built at the brand’s manufacturing plant in Craiova, Romania (pictured)
Ford’s latest update on its electrification plans were announced on Monday during a spring statement issued by Stuart Rowley, chair at Ford of Europe
Ford to sell only electric vans in Europe from 2035
Ford’s update on its electric ambitions included a pledge to achieve carbon neutrality across its European business by 2035.
This will see it switch to entirely electric commercial vehicles from that year, phasing out petrol and diesel engines from vans entirely just five years after it plans to do the same with passenger cars.
Ford’s eagerly anticipated £42,695 E-Transit is due to be on sale in a matter of weeks, becoming the brand’s first all-electric commercial vehicle offering a single-charge battery range of up to 196 miles.
Electric versions of the Transit Custom one-tonne van and Torneo Custom will follow next year and in 2024 Ford will add smaller Transit Courier and Torneo Courier electric MPVs to its line-up.
This will mean Ford will offer nine EV models before 2025.
‘These new Ford electric vehicles signal what is nothing less than the total transformation of our brand in Europe – a new generation of zero-emission vehicles, optimized for a connected world, offering our customers truly outstanding user experiences,’ said Rowley.
Ford has also said that it will stop selling new petrol and diesel vans in Europe from 2035
With the greater availability of EVs in its ranges, Ford says it expects to produce 1.2 million zero-emission models built at its Cologne facility over a six-year period and aims to sell 600,000 electric units annually by 2026.
To facilitate this, bosses announced it will invest an additional £1.5billion ($2billion) in the German factory – as well as partner with other firms to establish a battery gigafactory in Turkey.
When asked about Ford’s plans in the UK, Mr Rowley said the company has been ‘an important partner in the UK automotive industry for over 100 years now and that remains absolutely the case’.
He added: ‘In Dagenham we’ve got diesel engines, and although by 2035 we’ll be all all-electric, the diesel segment in light commercial vans in the medium term will remain very important so Dagenham is a key contributor to that business.’
Four new electric commercial vehicles will join Ford’s ranks by 2024 to sit alongside the new E-Transit van
Ford’s £42,695 E-Transit is due to be on sale in a matter of weeks and will be the brand’s first all-electric commercial vehicle offering a single-charge battery range of up to 196 miles
Ford to split combustion and EV operations
Ford announced earlier this month that it is creating separate businesses for its conventional and electric-auto operations, as it accelerates its build-out of emission-free vehicles.
Internal combustion operations will sit under the ‘Ford Blue’ banner while EVs will be run through ‘Ford Model e’.
The two ventures will each have distinct executive leadership and report their own financial results. Both companies will continue to be headquartered in Michigan.
‘Ford Model e and Ford Blue will be run as distinct businesses, but also support each other,’ Ford said in a press release.
Executives said the EV company would benefit from access to industrial know-how, while the conventional business would prosper from newer technologies.
‘No, we are not spinning off Model e,’ said Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley. ‘That’s because the structures we set up actually make it stronger than a spin-off.’
Ford said the intention of the structure is to give the EV venture ‘the focus and speed of a start-up,’ while the conventional business will try to excel at the challenges of a mature business, ‘relentlessly attacking costs, simplifying operations and improving quality.’
A third division, Ford Pro, will serve commercial customers.
‘I am delighted to see the pace of change in Europe – challenging our entire industry to build better, cleaner and more digital vehicles. Ford is all-in and moving fast to meet the demand in Europe and around the globe,’ Farley added on Monday.
‘This is why we have created Ford Model e – allowing us to move at the speed of a start-up to build electric vehicles that delight and offer connected services unique to Ford and that are built with Ford-grade engineering and safety.’
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