The new Ford Electric crossover spearhead brand EV is aggressive

Ford has unveiled a new ‘start-up’ business unit called the Ford Model E, outlining its plans for more electric vehicles in Europe, which will deliver three new electric SUVs by 2024. Ford has signed an agreement with the Volkswagen Group to secure VW access. The MEB platform for electric vehicles, which will form the basis of these two models – a five-seater, a medium-sized SUV and a Sportier crossover.

They will be built at the firm’s Cologne plant, which is currently undergoing a 1.5 billion conversion from Fiesta Supermini’s home to an electric car factory with an on-site battery assembly plant. Another new EV will be the electric version of the Puma crossover.

The mid-size SUV will be similar in size to the Volkswagen ID.4 using the same technical basis. The MEB architecture can accommodate a maximum 77kWh battery, and the brand says the model will be able to travel 311 miles on a single charge. For most powerful all-wheel drive models the platform with an output between 146bhp and 295bhp can be used for both rear- or four-wheel drive configurations. The SUV will be released later this year before going on sale in 2023.

Ford EV teaser

A name for the car has not been confirmed and will not be until the car is revealed, but our exclusive image reveals what it might look like. The SUV will have a chunky look with a departure from the firm’s current range, a high bonnet line, a new LED light signature and a shut-off grille. The new SUV could give us our first glimpse into the language of Ford’s new electrical design when it arrives, and it will have smaller footprints than the Mustang Mach-E.

The second electric model from Cologne will arrive in 2024, described by the brand as a ‘sports crossover’ and teased with another new light signature. Like the Volkswagen ID.5, it will probably position itself as a smoother version relative to its SUV. And despite the shared underpinnings, Ford Europe boss Stuart Rowley is confident that these new SUVs will differentiate themselves from Volkswagen’s offerings on the road: “I want to assure you, these products will look and run exactly like Ford’s.”

Following these two purposeful EVs will be an electric version of the brand’s best-selling Puma crossover, with 130,000 sold across Europe in 2020. It will be built in Romania, soon to take over the power of the axed EcoSport crossover. No technical details have been confirmed, but the Peugeot e-2008 will require a range of over 200 miles to compete with the likes.

In addition to the passenger car announcement, Ford has also confirmed that by 2024, four new generations of electric commercial vehicles will be available in Europe.

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