Ford has completed a $2 billion investment to convert its factory in Cologne, Germany, to build full-electric vehicles.
The plant will be the first in the company’s global production network to be carbon-neutral, Ford said in a statement.
Ford has agreements with local energy companies to supply renewable electricity and biomethane gas, while heat is supplied as steam from a nearby waste incineration plant.
“The Cologne EV Center signals the start of a new era for Ford in Europe,” said Martin Sander, head of the automaker’s EV business in Europe.
Ford will begin building the Explorer battery-electric compact SUV this year at the Cologne facility ahead of deliveries in early 2024.
The new EV is based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform and will compete against VW Group models on the same platform such as the VW ID4 and forthcoming Cupra Tavascan, as well models such as the Nissan Ariya and Toyota bZ4X.