As The Blue Oval aims to go all-electric in its passenger vehicle lineup across Europe by 2030 or sooner, a big component of that plan is the conversion of some of its existing plants for the production of EVs. That includes the Cologne Assembly plant in Germany, which is currently undergoing a remodel that will see it become the Ford Cologne Electric Vehicle Center following a one billion dollar investment. Now, we know precisely when the newly renovated plant will celebrate its official grand opening, too.
The Ford Cologne Electric Vehicle Center will celebrate its grand opening on June 12th at 14.30 CEST (8:30am ET) via a special event that’s set to be live-streamed via the YouTube video below. Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will both be in attendance for this historic occasion, which the automaker promises will be “nothing short of spectacular.”
“This is a significant milestone for Ford in Europe, the start of a new era. Make sure not to miss this opportunity,” said Martin Sander, General Manager, Ford Model e, Europe. “If you are based in Cologne, please watch out for further communication on local celebrations. A detailed plan on how you can participate in the Grand Opening virtually or in-person will be shared on Monday.”
Ford’s Cologne plant will see a major reshuffling of the vehicles it produces following this transition, as the Fiesta was recently discontinued to make room for two new EV crossovers riding on Volkswagen’s MEB platform – including the electric Ford Explorer – which may be joined by a new version of the Capri. Those vehicles will be built using the latest state of the art technology, and may even drive themselves off the assembly line using artificial intelligence.