Ford Motor Co. has chosen its manufacturing facility in Cologne, Germany, to construct a mass-market electrical automobile primarily based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB electrical structure, native media stories mentioned.
The automaker will make investments 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) into the manufacturing facility for EV manufacturing, in accordance a report within the Cologne newspaper, the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger, and different media.
Ford picked Cologne over its manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, the Stadt-Anzeiger mentioned, citing sources near the automaker. Craiova had been thought-about the favourite to get EV manufacturing due to its decrease labor prices, the paper mentioned.
“Now we have introduced beforehand that we’ll construct a brand new electrical automobile for Europe primarily based on Volkswagen’s Modular Electrical Drive platform starting in 2023, however we now have not but confirmed sourcing and we don’t touch upon hypothesis,” a Ford spokesman instructed Automotive Information Europe.
The Cologne plant presently builds the Fiesta small hatchback.
Ford and VW Group in January 2019 introduced an industrial cooperation on business vans and midsize pickups that was subsequently expanded to autonomous and electrical autos.
Ford’s MEB-based electrical automobile is being designed and engineered on the automaker’s European improvement middle in Merkenich, close to Cologne. The automobile is anticipated to go on sale in 2023.
Ford is contemplating whether or not so as to add a second MEB-based automobile, Ford of Europe President Stuart Rowley instructed Automotive Information Europe in March.
Ford’s EVs can be very different from MEB cars sold by VW, Rowley mentioned. “We’re very targeted on the truth that these merchandise can be Fords. They are going to appear to be a Ford, drive like a Ford, really feel like a Ford and can be constructed by Ford,” he mentioned.
Ford has mentioned it expects to ship greater than 600,000 MEB-based vehicles in Europe over a six-year interval beginning in 2023.
VW’s first MEB-based automobile is the ID3 Golf-sized hatchback, which went on sale in Europe in September. It should adopted by the ID4 crossover focused on the U.S. and Chinese language markets in addition to Europe.
The automakers are additionally collaborating on inner combustion engine autos — a Ford compact van that can be primarily based on the new-generation VW Caddy and a VW pickup that may use the Ford Ranger platform.