Ford wants to release electric versions of all car models in Europe

Jan

11

2019

The American car manufacturer Ford says that it intends to release an electric version of all existing vehicles in Europe. It is not yet clear when the electric versions become available.

Ford says that it involves all car models, so for example the Focus, but also the smaller Fiesta and the Transit transport vehicle. All these models get an electric variant, but Ford does not say when that will happen. This may involve fully electrically driven versions, but also different hybrid options.

The car manufacturer is only concrete about a completely new model that it will release in Europe in 2020. According to Ford, this is a fully electrically driven sporty model inspired by the existing Mustang. Further details are missing for the time being.

Ford also announced that it is going to eliminate a lot of jobs in Europe. Exactly how many jobs are going to disappear has not been announced, but according to the director of Ford Europe, thousands of jobs are involved, he told the Financial Times . This is related to a loss of converted 213 million euros, which Ford had to cash in Europe in the third quarter of 2018. Ford has 53,000 employees in Europe.

Meanwhile, it appears that Ford and Volkswagen are going to tighten their ties and start working more closely together, including in the area of ​​self-driving technology and electric cars. According to reports, the supervisory board of Volkswagen Friday agreed to the cooperation, reports the German Handelsblatt . Volkswagen did not comment yet; it is expected that more will be announced next week, perhaps during the auto show in Detroit. The collaboration would not come close to a merger and, for the time being, would be relatively limited. Originally the discussions would have been purely focused on company cars, but now the cooperation would also extend to other divisions

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