Ford has a rich history in Ireland, where founder Henry Ford’s father, William Ford, lived until the family emigrated to the United States in 1847. FoMoCo’s presence in Ireland goes back over 100 years, where its subsidiary is known as Henry Ford & Son Ltd. Now, that subsidiary is continuing a long-standing tradition in Cork, Ireland, by gifting a brand new Ford Mustang Mach-E to the mayor of the town that has deep Blue Oval roots.
Ford built its very first manufacturing plant in Ireland in Cork back in April of 1917 and has been gifting a new vehicle to the mayor of that town since the 1920s. However, this is the very first time an all-electric vehicle has been the subject of this gift, as John Manning, market lead, Henry Ford & Son Ltd., presented it to The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Colm Kelleher, recently. The timing of this all-electric gift is perfectly aligned with the Cork City Council’s 2020-2025 corporate plan, which aims to transform the city and make it more sustainable.
“I am proud to be the first Lord Mayor to champion the use of a fully electric vehicle, which symbolizes the council’s commitment to tackling climate change,” Kelleher said. “I want to take this opportunity to thank Henry Ford & Son Ltd. for their continuing support of the Lord Mayor’s office. Finbarr, my legendary driver, has already christened the car ‘Knight Rider.’ I am also delighted that its range means that it can be driven to Dublin to cheer on Cork in the All-Ireland Final – after just one charge.”
“We are delighted to continue the tradition of providing our city’s Lord Mayoral car,” Manning said. “We are even more excited that, for the first time ever, our Lord Mayor will have the use of a fully electric car in the shape of our all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E premium SUV with a range of 400km from a single charge.”