Ford may have been late in bringing electric vehicles to the road in large numbers compared to the breakneck pace Volkswagen set.
ut, which fell short at the start as rivals were better prepared, is now poised to launch seven new EVs in Europe by 2024.
And much of that will be on the Volkswagen platform – all part of a strategic alliance between the two giants in commercial, electrified and autonomous driving.
Ford plans three new passenger EVs and four new commercials to significantly increase EV volume (it already has the Mach-E and Mach-E GT and is waiting for the E-Transit next quarter).
So, starting in 2023, the automaker will begin production of an all-new electric passenger car – a mid-size crossover made in Cologne.
A second EV will be added to the Cologne production line in 2024.
The good news is that the company will create an electric version of the excellent Puma compact crossover from 2024.
In terms of commercial trucks, the Transit range will include four new EVs: the Custom one-ton truck, the Tourneo Custom utility vehicle (all next year) and the next-generation Transit Courier van and the Tourneo Courier utility vehicle next year. 2024.
The first all-electric passenger vehicle to roll out of Ford’s Cologne electrified center will be a five-seat mid-size crossover with a range of 500 km.
To meet all that production need, there will be a joint venture in Turkey with two partners to create one of the largest EV battery production facilities around.
It will be located near Ankara and will produce high-nickel NMC cells for assembly into battery array modules. Production is expected to begin mid-decade.
The announcements coincide with a pledge to have no goals by 2035 as well as a pledge to only sell electric vehicles from that date.
It’s no surprise that it is describing the next few years as “critical” in the company’s 120-year history.
It is expected that the first car I will mention will be based on the Volkswagen ID 4 and positioned below the Mach E in the Ford lineup.
The second EV is due next year, and is described as a “sports crossover” and could be based on the Volkswagen ID 5.
Designed as an open vehicle platform, the MEB (modular power tool kit) means manufacturers can electrify their range quickly and at a lower cost.
Ford is working hard to reassure buyers that the cars will be “totally like Fords, drive like Fords”.
To clear the way for all of this highly involved new electric vehicle production, it will discontinue production of the much-criticized Ecosport later this year.
On the basis of strong production growth, Ford said it expects to sell 600,000 EVs a year by 2026.
Around 1.2 million electric cars will be produced in Cologne over a six-year period, hence the decision to invest an additional 2 billion euros in the development of the plant.
“Profitability and speed are now critical to finally achieving the breakthrough of e-mobility in Europe. We are tackling both together with Ford,” said Thomas Schmall of Volkswagen.
Meanwhile, the new Ford Focus has been hit by a spare parts shortage due to the Ukraine crisis, meaning it can’t currently be equipped with a top-of-the-line infotainment system, Ford said. Autocar.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-news/volkswagen-platform-a-launchpad-for-fords-pivotal-new-ev-push-41451208.html The Volkswagen platform is the launch pad for Ford’s key new EV push