Ford in Europe has announced another important stride toward an all-electric future, confirming that it has chosen its plant in Valencia in Spain as the preferred site to assemble vehicles based on next-generation electric vehicle architecture. Pending product approval, the Valencia plant could produce breakthrough electric and connected vehicles beginning later this decade. Ford is also moving forward with a USD 2 billion conversion of its Cologne, Germany, operations to begin producing electric passenger vehicles starting in 2023. Ford’s European strategy calls for an exciting line-up of electric vehicles, including an electric version of the popular Ford Puma and extending its leadership in the commercial segment with electric Ford Pro vehicles and connected services. By 2026, Ford in Europe plans to sell 600,000 electric vehicles annually.The decision follows the conclusion of comprehensive consultations with teams in Valencia in Spain and Saarlouis in Germany. Ford’s plant in Saarlouis will continue to produce the Ford Focus passenger car, while the company is also evaluating options for future site concepts.