Update: ‘Battery’ subsection added to ‘Specifications.’
Recently, Ford announced new details about its electrification strategy for Europe and, as part of that, confirmed the launch of the Ford Puma Electric. The Ford Puma EV will be the Blue Oval’s smallest electric SUV worldwide.
Following the Ford Mustang Mach-E in 2021, the Ford E-Transit will arrive in Europe this year. Beyond that, Ford has lined up seven new electric vehicle launches, the company said in an announcement on March 14, 2022. It plans to release all seven new EVs in Europe by 2024.
Three of the seven future Ford EVs are passenger models, and the rest are commercial vehicles. The first passenger EV will be a “five-seat, medium-sized crossover,” likely the technical cousin of the VW ID.4, and it will enter production at Ford’s Cologne plant (Germany) in 2023. A “sports crossover,” also built in Cologne, will follow in 2024, and during the same year, the Ford Puma Electric will become available.
Ford hasn’t revealed the specifications of the Ford Puma Electric, but it has confirmed a 500 km (311 miles) range for the larger (medium-sized) EV due in 2023. The company could target a WLTP range of 400 km (249 miles) for the Puma EV, which will compete with the likes of the Peugeot e-2008, Opel Mokka-e, and the first Jeep electric SUV (Jeep 516).
According to a report from Auto Express, the Ford Puma Electric will not ride on Volkswagen’s MEB platform or Ford’s own bespoke EV architecture found underneath the Mustang Mach-E. Rather, it will use an adapted version of Ford’s global B-platform (current architecture used for combustion variants) and borrow elements/modules from Ford’s electric vans. After all, the company plans to build it alongside the pure electric variants of the Transit Courier and Tourneo Courier vans. These electric vans will enter production the same year as the Puma Electric.
The Ford Puma EV could use battery packs consisting of LFP cells, which global automakers consider or have deployed for their entry-level vehicles. The iron-based cells are cheaper, safer, and longer-lasting than the more commonly used NMC cells. While the weight or range would not be class-leading, it probably wouldn’t be a deal-breaker to customers, given the SUV’s urban-focused design. Ford President and CEO Jim Farley has said that the company is developing LFP cells and sees them as “a big opportunity.” The more affordable technology will allow it to popularize its EVs in the market swiftly.
We’ve been working on LFP for quite some time, so let’s just leave it at that. What I mean by that is, engineering LFP solutions in our first generation of products something that we see is a big opportunity and to move quickly.Jim Farley, President and CEO, Ford (Q1 2022 earnings conference call on April 27, 2022)
Ford Puma Electric production
The production of the Ford Puma Electric will take place in Craiova, Romania, from 2024. The market launch of the pure electric variant of the company’s best-selling passenger vehicle in Europe should take place in the second half of that year.
Ford Otosan, a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Turkey’s Koc Holding, owned the Craiova plant. On the day it confirmed the Ford Puma Electric, the Blue Oval announced that Ford Otosan is the sole owner of the Craiova plant and manufacturing business. Ford is transferring the Romanian plant to the Turkish owner for an amount of EUR 575 million (EUR 607 million).
Ford plans to manufacture the batteries for upcoming EVs in Europe to price them affordably. The company intends to form a tripartite joint venture company with SK On Co. Ltd. and Koc Holding to establish an EV battery production plant in Turkey. Located near Ankara, the joint venture plant will produce high-Nickel NMC cells from as early as mid-decade. The annual capacity of the factory is likely pegged at 30-45 GWh.
Ford’s EV goals
Ford expects to sell more than 600,000 EVs annually in Europe in 2026. The company expects to manufacture 1.2 million EVs at the Ford Cologne Electrification Centre over a six-year timeframe. Its long-term goal in Europe is to switch entirely to EVs by 2030. Globally, the company aims to sell more than 2 million EVs – about one-third of its volume – by 2026 and convert half of its volume to EVs by 2030.
Ford Puma electric FAQs
What is the Ford Puma electric release date?
The pure electric Ford Puma is slated to arrive in the European market by 2024
What is the Ford Puma electric price?
The Ford Puma electric price may range between EUR 35,000-40,000 (USD 36,927-42,202)
What are Ford Puma electric rivals?
The SUV will lock horns against the VW ID.3, Kia Soul EV, Peugeot e-2008 and the Citroen e-C4.
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