The internal combustion engine becomes obsolete. Ford Motor Company has announced that it will only sell four-wheel drive vehicles by 2030. The strategic alliance with Volkswagen means that it will use the VW MEB EV platform to achieve part of this goal. The other part is Ford’s $1 billion investment in a new plant in Cologne, Germany.
The first of these all-electric cars will leave the factory in 2023. This is the same factory that currently builds the Fiesta hatchback. For now, the Fiesta and the new electric car will be built there, and by 2030, production will be all-electric.
Although Ford uses VW’s MEB platform, it will make changes to the.
Ford Mustang Mach-E electric on display at AutoMobility LA 2019 | Getty.
Ford will use VW’s MEB platform, but will make significant changes to it. That’s why it drives and feels like a Ford. So although it shares the basic platform of the VW ID models, it will be different.
We successfully restructured Ford Europe and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2020. We are now diving into Europe’s electric future, Stuart Rowley, president of Ford Europe, said in a statement to Automotive News. This essentially confirms that Europe will be a large part of Ford’s future.
In a first phase, all Ford products will be powered by batteries or plug-in hybrids by 2026. Although Ford is not committing to the same deadline for Ford commercial vehicles in Europe, commercial vehicles will be fully electric or plug-in hybrid by 2024. Ford wants two-thirds of its commercial vehicles to be fully electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.
The UK has already announced a ban on the sale of products with internal combustion engines by 2030
A reporter holds the charging cable next to the charging port of the electric car. | Getty
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The UK has already announced a ban on the sale of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030. This is the largest market for Ford in Europe, and this news follows on from the announcement made in the UK last year. Full sales of hybrid and plug-in vehicles in the UK will continue until 2035.
This announcement is the latest message from automakers that heralds the end of internal combustion engines. Jaguar Land Rover began the week by announcing that by 2025. The Jaguar runs exclusively on electricity. Bentley has also announced plans to phase out all gas engines by 2030. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said last December that the company would go fully electric by 2030.
So it’s happening now. The end of the internal combustion engine is near. It’s almost surprising that Ford, with less than five percent of U.S. sales, would announce the end of internal combustion engine products and have to change many consumer preferences.
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