Launched back in 2019, the Puma crossover is now Ford’s best selling car in Europe. The automaker sold 130,000 of the vehicle last year. Building on that momentum, Ford today announced the hybrid crossover is getting a fully electric version. It will be the first of nine electric vehicles the automaker is planing to hit the market by 2024 in collaboration with Volkswagen.
Ford and Volkswagen made a partnership back in 2019, the deal allowed Ford to produce electric vehicles based on VW’s MEB platform. That’s the same platform Volkswagen uses on cars such as the ID 4 and the recently announced ID Buzz van.
Out of the 9 electric cars announced, one is already available, the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The small size crossover, Puma, was also available but in a hybrid version. The remaining 7 cars will be new models which include two new cars and four commercial vehicles.
For those who want a crossover but find the Puma too small, Ford is introducing a new ‘medium-sized crossover’ which will be based on Volkswagen’s platform and have a targeted range of 500km (310 miles). The car is scheduled to a 2022 reveal.
The remaining car is simply titled as ‘sports crossover’. Ford only revealed that it will be produced in Cologne Electrification Centre in Germany by 2024.
The other vehicles announced are commercial vans. By 2023, Ford will debut the next generation of the Transit Custom which is the best selling van in the UK.
Ford will also launch its first electric van, the E- Transit in the same year (2023) alongside the Tourneo Custom commercial vehicle for passengers.
The following year, 2024, electric versions of the Transit Courier and Tourneo Courier will follow.
Stuart Rowley, chair, Ford of Europe, said, “These new Ford electric vehicles signal what is nothing less than the total transformation of our brand in Europe – a new generation of zero-emission vehicles, optimised for a connected world, offering our customers truly outstanding user experiences.”
Ford is planning to sell 600,000 electric cars annually in Europe by 2026. The brand aims to go carbon-neutral across its operations by 2035.
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