In addition to announcing that Ford will only sell electric vehicles in Europe in ten years, Ford President for the European Market Stuart Rowley said he predicts that by 2030, two-thirds of their commercial vehicle sales in Europe will be electric or hybrid-powered.
The carmaker said it would spend $ 1 billion to turn its Cologne (Germany) plant into its first electric vehicle production line on the continent.
The first model of electric passenger vehicle, from this factory, should be on the market in the middle of 2023, and the production of another model is planned in the future, said the president of Ford in Europe, Stuart Rowley.
It was also announced that their new electric car will be made in Europe using Volkswagen’s mechanical frame – known under the German abbreviation MEB (modular electric tool set), which enables Ford to take advantage of Volkswagen’s huge investments in electric cars. The entire automotive industry is working to redirect its investments towards zero-emission vehicles.
All these changes are part of the company’s efforts to offer only electric or hybrid versions of all passenger vehicles by 2024.
Ford has also announced that it will increase its investment, in addition to electric vehicles, in autonomous vehicles to $ 29 billion. The carmaker previously pledged to spend $ 11.5 billion on electrifying its car line by 2022, and now claims to spend twice that amount, extending the timeframe until 2025.
Back in 2018, Volkswagen announced that it would invest significant funds in the development of electric vehicles, digitalization and autonomous driving technology, and now, two years later, in cooperation with the software company “Microsoft”, they are working on the development of autonomous vehicle systems.
The main idea is for Volkswagen to use Microsoft’s cloud computing services to develop an “automated driving platform” (ADP), which will be used for cars that do not need drivers.
In order for autonomous vehicles to become operational in traffic, it is crucial to improve the system for recognizing other participants in it, but also fast and efficient exchange of information between intelligent cars themselves, in order to reduce the possibility of risky situations to zero.
Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.
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