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Ford boosts EV R&D ahead of new launches

Ford is to begin developing and manufacturing electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in China, for local customers, by the end of the decade.

Plug-in Hybrid

A locally-built Mondeo plug-in hybrid will launch Ford’s electromobility line-up in China.

Citing the Society of Automotive Engineers of China, Ford said it expects 15% of all new passenger cars in China to be electrified by 2025; local manufacturing and expansion of its electric vehicle capabilities at the Research and Engineering centre in Nanjing will be aimed at meeting that demand.

The line-up will begin with the Mondeo Energi plug-in hybrid, a Chinese-built version of the Fusion Energi sold in North America, and will include the same 265-mile-range fully electric SUV also due to launch in Europe. By 2025, it aims to offer 70% of its model range in China with electric or hybrid technology.

Mark Fields, president and chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company:. “We are prioritizing our electrification efforts on China to reflect its importance as a global electrified vehicle market and to make lives better, simpler and more cost effective for Chinese consumers.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.