Nine electric Fords by 2024
Ford has recently announced it plans to bolster its range of electric vehicles to include nine different models by 2024. We already know about the Mustang Mach-E and the five Transit models, and there’s a fully electric Puma due soon too, but what about the other two?
For now, Ford’s official releases simply refers to them as ‘Mediumsize Crossover’ and ‘Sport Crossover’, but we also know that the company has been working closely with VW and that these cars will be based on the same MEB platform as VW’s ID.4 and ID.5 models. A Ford spokesperson has been quoted saying the new cars will look and drive like Fords. We’re expecting a further announcement soon, and we’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear more.
Ford’s line up of EVs will include two new models based on the VW platform
Ford has announced its plans to launch seven all-electric models by 2024, including a battery electric version of the popular Puma crossover. The news comes hot on the heels of its decision to split into two businesses, with Ford Model e focussed on electric cars, while Ford Blue will focus on legacy internal combustion models.
FORD WILL LAUNCH SEVEN EVS IN EUROPE BY 2024
Starting in 2023, Ford will begin production of an all-new electric medium-sized crossover built in Cologne. This will be Ford’s first electric model to come out of its collaboration with the Volkswagen Group, so it’s expected to share traits with the VW ID.4, sitting on the same MEB platform. It’s said to have a range of up to 311 miles, but Ford has yet to confirm what the new model will be called.
Ford’s second new car to be built at its Cologne plant will be a ‘sports crossover’, potentially based on the Volkswagen ID.5. The manufacturer is investing more than £1.5 billion in the Cologne Electrification Centre, which is set to produce 1.2 million vehicles over six years, along with a new battery assembly facility scheduled to come online in 2024.
The all-electric Puma will be built at Ford’s Craiova plant in Romania, which has previously manufactured the EcoSport. Ford’s teaser image shows the electric Puma is likely to retain a very similar design to the petrol version, albeit with a new set of headlights to help it stand out. The shadowy image also hides the car’s front-end, so we don’t yet know if a lesser need for engine bay cooling will tempt Ford to cover its grille, in a similar fashion to the Hyundai Kona Electric. Staying on Ford’s existing Global-B platform, the Puma could have limited space for a large battery pack, so its range is likely to be limited to around 200 miles, although this is yet to be confirmed.
Ford is planning for annual sales of electric vehicles in Europe to exceed 600,000 in 2026, which will help support the manufacturer’s goal to sell more than two million EVs worldwide by the same year. Ford of Europe also announced it is planning to achieve zero emissions for vehicle sales and carbon neutrality across all its European facilities, logistics and suppliers by 2025.
Ford is also set to revolutionise its commercial brand, introducing an all-electric Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom MPV in 2023, followed by the next-generation Transit Courier and Tourneo Courier MPV in 2024. All of these electric vehicles join the Mustang Mach-E in Ford’s pure electric line-up.