Ford Pro is shipping the first production units of its all-electric E-Transit van to customers across Europe from Ford’s Otosan plant in Kocaeli, Turkey, a milestone that closely follows the start of deliveries to US customers since Kansas City Assembly Plant in February, the company announced April 7.
This historic moment was celebrated at the Gölcük plant, in a ceremony involving representatives of the Turkish government, investors, employees and the media.
Following strong initial demand for E-Transit from European companies – with over 5,000 customer orders received before the vehicles rolled off the assembly line – Ford Otosan is moving into full mass production.
“The Ford Otosan plant in Kocaeli is the heart of Transit production in Europe, and this celebration of E-Transit manufacturing opens the next electrified chapter of our already strong partnership,” said Hans Schep, Managing Director. , Ford Pro, Europe, in a press release. . “This is the first step in a transformation of the Kocaeli site which will see it become a major manufacturing center for electric utility vehicles in Europe.”
E-Transit is the all-electric version of the world’s best-selling cargo van 1 and the new vehicle is spearheading the launch of Ford Pro in the region. This new business offers customers a comprehensive suite of fully integrated software, charging, maintenance and financing solutions across a portfolio of world-class gasoline and electric vehicles to help improve productivity and uptime, reduce costs and facilitate access to everything operators need on a single platform. built for the electric and digital age.
“The production of E-Transit at our Kocaeli factory, where electricity is supplied with 100% renewable energy, is a source of pride for us and another milestone in our growing role in the electrification strategy of Ford,” said Güven Özyurt, Managing Director, Ford Otosan. “We believe that the electrification of the legendary Transit model is a major development and an important step in establishing Ford Otosan as the production base for Ford’s electrified commercial vehicles.”
All inclusive on the electrification of utility vehicles
To meet demand for future electrified Ford models, Ford Otosan is investing $2.2 billion and increasing employment by approximately 3,000 people to increase vehicle production capacity, including for the next-generation Transit Custom model .
Ford’s transition to an all-electric future in Europe was also highlighted by the recent announcement that Ford, SK On Co., Ltd. and Koç Holding have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding for a new industry-leading joint venture in Turkey. . Subject to the execution of a final agreement, the three partners plan to create one of the largest electric vehicle battery facilities in the wider European region. Production is expected to begin as early as the middle of the decade with an annual capacity likely to be in the range of 30 to 45 gigawatt hours.
Reaffirming its leadership as the best-selling commercial vehicle brand in Europe, Ford will continue to electrify its iconic Transit models to meet different customer demands. By 2024, E-Transit will be joined by four additional new all-electric models in the Transit family as Ford moves closer to its goal of zero emissions for all vehicle sales in Europe and carbon neutrality across its European facilities footprint , logistics and suppliers by 2035.
Ford Customers in the Electric Age
With its competitive range, payload, power and choice of body styles, E-Transit is designed to enable the electrification of the operators’ fleet while increasing productivity through charging, telematics and transport solutions. Ford Pro maintenance.
Ford Pro has already proven the durability of E-Transit with demanding testing in high-tech facilities around the world. The company runs a wider customer pilot program with a total of 60 pre-production E-Transits, including converted models, operating in typical day-to-day use with customers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Bas, in Norway and the UK, helping Ford Pro to optimize efficiency and productivity.
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