The first batch of Ford E-Transit vans have rolled of the production line and are ready to be delivered to customers.
More than 5,000 examples of the new electric commercial vehicle have been ordered, pushing Ford’s Otosan factory, in Kocaeli, Turkey, to full capacity.
The new vehicle spearheads the launch of Ford Pro in the region – a new business that offers customers a suite of software, charging, servicing and financing solutions that are fully integrated into vehicles to help improve productivity and uptime, lower costs, and facilitate access to everything operators need on one platform.
“Ford Otosan’s Kocaeli plant is the heart of Transit production in Europe, and this celebration of E-Transit manufacturing starts the electrified next chapter in our already strong partnership,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe.
“This is the first step in a transformation of the Kocaeli site which will see it become a major centre for electric commercial vehicle manufacturing in Europe,” he added.
Ford will continue to electrify its Transit models to suit different customer requirements. By 2024, the E-Transit will be joined by four additional new fully-electric models as Ford moves toward its target of zero emissions for all vehicle sales in Europe and carbon neutrality across its European footprint of facilities, logistics and suppliers by 2035.
To meet demand for future electrified Ford models, Ford Otosan is investing £1.67 billion and growing employment by around 3,000 to increase vehicle production capacity, including for the next-generation Transit Custom model.
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