Ford to go 100% electric in Europe, launch Ford Fiesta Electric on MEB

Ford has announced that it’s going all-electric (for passenger models) in Europe by 2030. By mid-2026, the company’s entire PV line-up in the old continent will be available as a partially electric (hybrid) powertrain or a fully electric powertrain. Ford’s EV offensive in the passenger vehicle industry will include the launch of a Ford Fiesta Electric based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform.

Ford is investing $1 billion in a new EV manufacturing center in Cologne, Germany. The company says that its first mass-market passenger EV for Europe will enter production at this facility in 2023. Manufacturing a second EV at the Cologne plant is under consideration, the Blue Oval has confirmed. The company hasn’t revealed what these models are, but there is a good chance that one of them is the Ford Fiesta.

The announcement comes after Automobilwoche reported last week that Ford plans to start making electric cars at the Cologne plant beginning with the next-gen Ford Fiesta on the basis of the MEB platform. There’s a strong possibility now that the VW ID.2 and next-gen Ford Fiesta electric will be platform-mates.

Ford Cologne Electrification Center
With the new $1 billion investment announced this week, Ford plans to transform the existing Cologne vehicle assembly operations into the Ford Cologne Electrification Center. This will be the company’s first such facility in the Old Continent. Image Source: Ford

Last year Ford confirmed commercial EVs based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform and the partnership now extends to passenger cars. “The matter has been decided, the electric car based on the MEB (Modular E-Drive Construction Kit) from Volkswagen is coming to Cologne,” a Ford source told Automobilwoche earlier this month. The Fiesta is the only car that comes off the assembly line at the German factory. The current, seventh-gen Ford Fiesta reaches the end of its life around 2024.

The eighth-gen Ford Fiesta will likely be an electric-only model. Rumour has it that the Peugeot 208, a Ford Fiesta rival, is also going exclusively electric in its next generation, to intensify the rivalry in the B-Segment electric car market. Volkswagen is currently engineering a version of the MEB platform for small cars that is far less costly, referred to as the MEB-Lite. It is said to underpin an all-electric VW Polo alternatively called VW ID.2 from around 2023 and further a VW ID.1 to replace the VW e-Up!.

A Ford Puma-sized all-electric sub-compact electric SUV would be a logical next step to the Ford Fiesta Electric. However, the report doesn’t talk about such a model. Volkswagen reportedly does plan to launch an electric SUV using the MEB-Lite platform which would be a high-riding or cross version of the VW ID.2.

Jim Farley, President and CEO, Ford, announced this month that the Blue Oval will invest $22 billion in electrification through 2025, nearly double that of the previously committed amount. The Ford Fiesta Electric, sharply focused on the European market, should be a part of the investment. The report adds that the company will skip a few hybrid models and proceed directly to 100% EVs.

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