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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Ford Commits to Go All Electric in Europe by 2030


Ford is taking a big leap towards electrification with the announcement that its European line-up will go zero emissions capable by 2030.

The American carmaker has committed that by mid-2026, all of Ford’s passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero emissions capable (all-electric or plug-in hybrid), and will be completely all-electric by 2030. Similarly, Ford’s entire commercial vehicle range—including the Ranger—will become zero emissions capable, sporting all-electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains by 2024.

The news comes after Ford reporting, in the fourth quarter of 2020, a return to profit in Europe and announced it was investing at least USD 22 billion globally in electrification through 2025, nearly twice the company’s previous EV investment plans.

Spearheading Ford’s advance into an all-electric future is a new USD 1 billion investment to modernize its vehicle assembly facility in Cologne, Germany, one of its largest manufacturing centers in Europe and the home of Ford of Europe. The investment will transform the existing vehicle assembly operations into the Ford Cologne Electrification Center for the manufacture of electric vehicles, Ford’s first such facility in Europe.

Ford also confirmed that its first European-built, volume all-electric passenger vehicle for European customers will be produced at the facility from 2023, with the potential for a second all-electric vehicle built there under consideration.

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