Ford reiterated its commitment to Germany as the headquarters for its European Model e business.
Ford in Europe has confirmed that it has chosen its plant in Valencia, Spain, as the preferred site to assemble vehicles based on next-generation electric vehicle architecture. Pending product approval, the Valencia plant could produce groundbreaking electric and connected vehicles from the end of this decade.
Ford is also moving forward with a $2 billion conversion of its Cologne, Germany operations to start producing electric passenger vehicles from 2023. Ford’s European strategy calls for a range of electric vehicles, including an electric version of the Ford Puma, electric Ford Pro vehicles and connected services. By 2026, Ford in Europe plans to sell 600,000 electric vehicles per year.
“We are committed to building a vibrant and sustainable business in Europe as part of our Ford+ plan, and that takes focus and tough choices,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “The European automotive industry is fiercely competitive, and to thrive and grow, we can never settle for incredible quality products, a great customer experience, super-light operations and a talented and motivated team. “
The decision announced today follows the conclusion of consultations with the teams in Valencia, Spain and Saarlouis, Germany. Ford’s Saarlouis plant will continue to produce the Ford Focus passenger car, while the company is also evaluating options for future site concepts.
Ford reiterated its commitment to Germany as the headquarters of its European Model e business and the site of its first European production of electric vehicles. The Cologne electrification center will go into production at the end of 2023.