New Ford electric car due in 2023 as focus turns to EVs

Next electric car from Ford will be a small SUV built on Volkswagen underpinnings and likely share the Mach-E's Mustang influence; all Fords to have a plug by 2026

Ford Mach-E

DrivingElectric can confirm that Ford will introduce its next electric car in two years' time, hot on the heels of the Mustang Mach-E that was released in 2020. 

The new car will be built in the brand's Cologne factory in Germany following a substantial modernisation of the facility to suit electric-car production. The new car is expected to use Volkswagen's 'MEB' electric-car platform (which underpins the ID.3 hatchback and others) as part of a deal between the two manufacturers.

The news comes as Ford itself has confirmed that by mid-2026, all of its cars in Europe will be "zero-emissions capable", using pure-electric or plug-in hybrid power. A move to pure-electric cars only will be made by 2030.

The new car is expected to be a small SUV that'll be styled to fit in with the larger Mustang Mach-E, taking similar design cures from the Mustang sports car. It's expected to have similar proportions to the ID.3 it'll share a platform with, albeit with a more SUV-like body. Officially, Ford has described the car as the "company’s first European-built, volume all-electric passenger vehicle for European customers".

Judging by the ID.3's dimensions, Ford's effort should be roughly Ford Puma-sized when it arrives on sale. This will leave space in the brand's range between the new car and the existing Mach-E; prices should sit somewhere around the £30,000-£40,000 mark.

The use of the MEB platform will mean that Ford will also get Volkswagen's battery and electric motor technology. A choice of 58 and 77kWh batteries is therefore likely, with electric motor outputs of 143 or 201bhp. The new model will need a range of between 250 to 300 miles to keep up with its rivals built using the same mechanical underpinnings.

In late 2019, Ford of Europe’s chief designer Murat Gueler told us that Mustang design influences were likely to appear on a smaller electric Ford model: "The Mustang influence wasn’t considered until an earlier direction with the car wasn’t really working," he confirmed. "Once we introduced Mustang as inspiration, it came together quickly. We’re really excited by what this brings to the electric car, and yes we have already talked about expansion, to some sort of family."

Speaking of Ford's commitment to electrified cars, Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe, said: "Now we are charging into an all-electric future in Europe with expressive new vehicles and a world-class connected customer experience.

"We will offer an exceptional range of electrified vehicles, supported by customer-centric digital services and experiences, allowing our customers to come with us on the journey to a fully electric future, starting right now with the launch of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E," he confirmed.

It's expected that the next-generation Ford Mondeo will be an electrified SUV, while in the commercial-vehicle space, Ford has also unveiled a fully electric E-Transit van, which will go on sale in early 2022.

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