Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

By Kurt Stolz on 17 February 2021
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Automaker to Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines in Passenger Cars by 2030

The Ford Motor Company announced Wednesday that all of its passenger cars and light trucks in Europe would be electric vehicles by 2030 and, as an intermediate step, either zero-emissions capable, all electric, or plug-in hybrid by 2026.

In addition, the automaker said two-thirds of commercial vehicle sales on the Continent would be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.

Ford said it would revamp its plant in Cologne, Germany, in order to manufacture a mass volume all-electric passenger vehicle, which will be available in 2023.

“We successfully restructured Ford of Europe and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2020,” said Stuart Rowley, who heads Ford of Europe. Perhaps choosing his words rather carefully, he added that “we are charging into an all-electric future in Europe with expressive new vehicles and a world-class connected customer experience.”

The Cologne Body and Assembly Plant, one of the largest automobile factories in Europe and the seat of Ford of Europe, will be transformed from building Ford Fiestas to the Ford Cologne Electrification Center.

Ford constructed its plant in Cologne starting in 1929 as a reaction to General Motors’ investment in Adam Opel that year. 

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