18.8.2021Ford upgrades German factory in electrification push
US carmaker Ford has begun to completely redesign its factory in Cologne-Niehl. Its new Electrification Center will be built on the site, where the first electric model produced in Europe by the US carmaker is scheduled to be produced in 2023.
A new “high-tech building” for the pre-treatment of body shells will be built on the site. Ford says the building will be 26 metres high, 25 metres wide and 100 metres long. The carmaker wants to start installing the facility as early as 2022.
First up, however, a former warehouse has been demolished to make way for the new technology required in the new plant, according to the carmaker. Ford also timed the demolition of the old building to coincide with the plant's holiday - in order to avoid disruption to logistics during ongoing production. More than 5,000 cubic metres of rubble will have to be removed in the course of the work, according to Ford.
In February, it was announced that the electric car to be built in Cologne will be based on Volkswagen’s modular electric drive system (MEB). Ford and the German vehicle manufacturer had signed the contracts for their global alliance in the fields of electrification, light commercial vehicles and autonomous driving in June 2020, paving the way for a Ford battery-electric car based on MEB.