Ford and Volkswagen first announced an alliance between the two automakers back in 2019, which aims to mitigate the cost of new vehicle development by sharing those expenses, along with platforms, powerplants, and entire vehicles. The first fruits of that effort – as well as a strategic partnership announced roughly one year later – are a handful of rebadged products, such as the next-generation Ford Transit Connect, which will live on in Europe as a VW model with Blue Oval badging, while a pair of new Ford EVs are slated to launch in Europe in the next year or so riding on Volkswagen’s MEB platform. However, future Ford EVs in Europe may not follow suit, according to Financial Times.
This news comes from Martin Sander, FoMoCo’s head of electric vehicles in Europe, who stated that the automaker intends to launch all-electric vehicles in the future that utilize the automaker’s own, in-house system, which is being engineered in the U.S. at this time. This new system features “no kind of integration [with VW], it is very versatile, very capable,” Sander said. “We are exploring all kinds of opportunities, how far can we go, what kind of segments can we cover with this.”
At the same time, Sander also pointed out that no final decision has been made in terms of Ford and Volkswagen’s future collaboration on EVs, and noted the automaker is open to producing vehicles that ride on other platforms, whether they come from VW or another automaker altogether.
Meanwhile, Ford’s pair of MEB-based EV crossovers are just two of seven new models planned for Europe by 2024 as the automaker aims to go all-electric in that region by 2030 or sooner. The so-called “sport” crossover model – which could be called the Explorer Sport – is set to debut in March, followed by the other, “mid-size” crossover later in the year. Last year, Ford doubled its production target of these new MEB crossovers, and intends to build around 30,000 of them by 2024 as part of its planned 600k unit global EV output.