A new full-electric version of the popular Ford Puma SUV will arrive in 2024 as part of Ford’s ‘Model E’ electrification plan, which includes two large EV SUV models and four new electric vans.
Auto Express understands that the Puma EV Transit Courier and Tornio Courier will share some components with the upcoming electric versions of the van so that the cost is affordable and it can use the existing car Global-B platform in its core part.
Ford has already released a teaser image of the Puma EV, and a full preview of our exclusive render design. The electric variant will not be given a rigid restyle, which maintains the curved crossover body shape, high-set headlights and sloping rear edges of the standard car. There will be many EV-specific tweaks, though, to improve air efficiency with a closed-off front grille, a new LED moving light design and a slightly clean lower front bumper.
Ford’s upcoming electric commercial vehicles, as well as electric Puma, will be manufactured at Ford’s Cryova factory in Romania. Other brand new electric SUVs – a mid-size model and a sportier crossover – are set to be produced at Ford’s Cologne plant, which is being converted into an EV manufacturing facility for a 1.5 billion investment. Unlike Puma, these will embrace Volkswagen’s MEB electrical architecture as part of a technical partnership between the two brands.
There’s no word on battery size for the electric Puma, but we expect a range of more than 200 miles, allowing it to compete with crossover competitors like the Kia Soul EV and Peugeot E-2008.
The Puma was Ford’s eighth best-selling car in the UK last year, easily surpassing the Fiesta, which dropped out of the top ten entirely. The Voxhall Corsa has become Britain’s best-selling car thanks to its electric Corsa-e derivative that could help Ford build an all-electric Fiesta using its closely related Puma EV’s battery and motor technology.
However, although Puma may use an adapted version of the Global-B platform using electric van components, this may not be possible with lower, smaller hatchbacks. Instead, an electric Fiesta could adopt Ford’s compact electric van platform, which would be an affordable solution.
It is also possible that the Fiesta nameplate could follow Mondio and die completely. Speaking of an electric fiesta, Ford of Europe boss Stuart Rowley said: “It will not be the end of the journey. We will only sell electric passenger cars by 2030. We look forward to working with you in the future. “
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