Ford will produce new electric vehicle in Europe

Ford will produce new electric vehicle in Europe

November 30, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Ford is investing in its plant in Cologne, Germany, to reorient production to electric vehicles.

According to local media reports, Ford Motor has selected its plant in Cologne, Germany to build a mass-produced electric vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric architecture. The automaker is investing € 1 billion in an electric vehicle plant.

Ford chose Cologne over its Craiova, Romania plant, Stadt-Anzeiger reports, citing sources close to the automaker. It is also noted that Craiova is considered the favorite in the production of electric vehicles due to its lower labor costs. the Cologne plant is currently producing the small Fiesta hatchback.

Ford and the VW Group in January 2019 announced a collaboration to create midsize commercial vans and pickups, which was later expanded to autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles. The MEB-based Ford electric vehicle is being designed and built at the automaker’s European development center in Merkenich, near Cologne. The car is expected to go on sale in 2023.

Ford is considering adding a second MEB-based model to its product range, Ford of Europe President Stuart Rowley told Automotive News Europe in March. Ford’s electric vehicles will be very different from the MEB vehicles sold by VW, Rowley said.

Note that VW’s first MEB-based car is the ID.3 hatchback, which went on sale in Europe in September. It will be followed by the ID.4 crossover targeting the US and China markets.