Ford E-Transit electric van production in Kocaeli, Turkey has already started, according to Ford Otosan. The first production units of its all-electric E-Transit van to customers across Europe has already been shipped from the Turkish city. Such as milestone, celebrated with a dedicated event last week, closely follows the start of deliveries to U.S. customers from Kansas City Assembly Plant in February.
Following strong early demand for E-Transit from European businesses – with over 5,000 customer orders received before vehicles roll off the assembly line – Ford Otosan is now moving to full mass production. «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».
Investments in Turkey for enhancing Ford E-Transit production
«Production of E-Transit in our Kocaeli plant, where the electricity is supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy, is a source of pride for us and another turning point in our increasing role in Ford’s electrification strategy», added Güven Özyurt, General Manager, Ford Otosan. «We believe that electrification of the legendary Transit model is a major development and an important step for making Ford Otosan the production base of Ford electrified commercial vehicles».
Ford Otosan is investing €2 billion and growing employment by around 3,000 to increase vehicle production capacity, including for the next-generation Transit Custom model. By 2024, E-Transit will be joined by four additional new fully-electric models in the Transit family 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.