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Ford Aims To Go All-Electric In Europe By 2030 With $1B Investment In Cologne Plant

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Today, Ford has announced that it will be taking a significant step forward in its European transformation with a commitment to go all-in on its electric passenger vehicles and to substantially grow and electrify its leading commercial vehicle business. Ford committed that by mid-2026, 100 percent of the automaker’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 will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric, or plug-in hybrid by 2024, with two-thirds of Ford’s commercial vehicle sales expected to be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030. 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 $22 billion globally in electrification through 2025, nearly twice the company’s previous EV investment plans.

“We successfully restructured Ford of Europe and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2020. Now we are charging into an all-electric future in Europe with expressive new vehicles and a world-class connected customer experience,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. “We expect to continue our strong momentum this year in Europe and remain on track to deliver our goal of a six percent EBIT margin as part of Ford’s plan to turnaround our global automotive operations.”

Central to Ford’s transformation of its operations in Europe over the past two years were a $1 billion improvement in structural costs, addressing underperforming markets, the creation of a more targeted vehicle line up within three customer-focused business groups, and partnerships to drive growth and improved levels of profitability across the business.

In 2020, Ford achieved its sixth successive year as the leading commercial vehicle sales brand in Europe. Growth in Ford’s strong commercial vehicle business is key to its European profitability, supported by new products and services, working with an extensive network of commercial vehicle converter partners, with Ford’s strategic alliance with Volkswagen and its Ford Otosan joint venture providing cost-effective vehicle development and sourcing.

Driving further growth in the commercial vehicle business will be an ecosystem built around connected services co-developed with customers and designed to enhance the customer experience and help their businesses to thrive. These include, for example, connected uptime and productivity services such as FordPass Pro for fleets of up to five vehicles, and the launch of Ford Fleet Management, created by Ford and ALD Automotive last year to maximize productivity for fleet customers seeking bespoke services to keep their fleets on the road.

Ford and Google also recently announced the establishment of a new collaborative group, Team Upshift, to drive disruptive, data-driven opportunities. This first-of-its-kind partnership in combination with Ford’s in-house capabilities will be the basis of transformed ownership experiences and services for both the company’s commercial and passenger vehicle customers.

Spearheading automaker’s advance into an all-electric future is a new $1 billion investment to modernize the Ford Cologne Assembly Plant 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 beginning in 2023, with the potential for a second all-electric vehicle built there under consideration.

“Our announcement today to transform our Cologne facility, the home of our operations in Germany for 90 years, is one of the most significant Ford has made in over a generation. It underlines our commitment to Europe and a modern future with electric vehicles at the heart of our strategy for growth,” Rowley said.

“The decision to make the production and development site in Cologne the e-mobility center for Ford in Europe is an important signal to the entire workforce,” said Martin Hennig, chairman of the General Works Council of Ford-Werke GmbH. “It offers a long-term perspective for our employees and at the same time encourages them to help shape this electric future.”

“We will offer an exceptional range of electrified vehicles, supported by customer-centric digital services and experiences, allowing our customers to come with us on the journey to a fully electric future, starting right now with the launch of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E,” Rowley said. “In combination with our leading commercial vehicle business, this will form the basis of a sustainably profitable Ford business in Europe.”

We’ll have more on Ford’s European electrification strategy soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Lee Glidewell

    Amazing…3 fails in 1 article. All electric vehicles in Europe, collaboration with freakin’ Volkswagen (?) and joining forces with Google. Only thing missing is the part about kissing Biden’s backside.
    Henry’s gotta be rolling over in his grave.
    God help us.

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    1. Thurston Munn

      100 % agree !! This is total insanity !! They don’t have the infrastructure to recharge all these vehicles. Plus once they do all of this it will finally become apparent that all this money spent has not affected our cyclical climate one bit.

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    2. Njia

      Ford doesn’t have a choice. The EU is quickly regulating ICE out of the market. If the company wants to continue selling vehicles, it has to move quickly to zero-emissions, EV, etc.

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  2. Lee Glidewell

    Of course FoMoCo has a choice. Quit worrying about EU…let ’em use freakin’ Volkswagens. Then they can play with their Google laptops while they wait their turn for the tow truck that’s busy fetchin’ all the EV’s with dead batteries.

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    1. Thurston Munn

      Right on !! Notice how none of these people will discuss vehicle charging infrastructure.

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      1. Ricky Banks

        So you all are assuming from now until 2030 charging infrastructure won’t be greatly improved? There won’t be any advancements in tech? Companies won’t continue to develop and build out their infrastructure? The US & EU will have the same infrastructure in 2030 as we do in 2021???

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        1. Thurston Munn

          Little is currently being done as far as adding charging stations for public use. But the bigger problem is when all of the required charging stations are built there is not nearly enough MW available for them so more power producing plants are going to be needed and it takes years for that to happen. We have just witnessed the failure of the century to this point here in Oklahoma and Texas because their unreliable wind energy stopped working because they were froze up. If homes and business don’t have powers there is none to charge vehicles with. So you think all of that will be accomplished in 9 years ??

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          1. Njia

            “Little is currently being done…” Well, except for the billions of dollars of investment by VW (Electrify America), Tesla (Supercharing Network), Shell, BP, utilities…..

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            1. Thurston Munn

              Keep living the dream and drinking the kool aid. We will wave when we drive by your dead EV on the freeway in our fossil fuel SUV. LOL……

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              1. Njia

                I’m not drinking anyone’s Kool-Aid, dude. But you do you.

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  3. Jean-Francois Rivard

    Which is why I bought a new 2019 Edge ST last year and pulled the trigger on a new 2020 GT350 a couple weeks ago. Get ’em while they’re still available folks! A few years from now we will sorely miss the “Golden Age” of performance ICE vehicles.

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