Ford has picked Gen-E as the name for the battery-electric version of its Puma small SUV.
The Puma Gen-E is due to launch this year and will rival cars such as the Hyundai Kona Electric, Opel Mokka-e, Peugeot e-2008 and the Fiat 600e.
The EV is expected to share a drivetrain with the Ford E-Tourneo Courier passenger minivan, also due this year. The Puma and Tourneo Courier are built in Ford’s plant in Craiova, Romania and share the same platform.
The E-Tourneo Courier has a 134-hp electric motor and offers charging speeds up to 100 kilowatts. Ford has not revealed the battery pack size but said the E-Tourneo Courier would charge from 10 to 80 percent in under 35 minutes, suggesting a pack size of around 50 kilowatts per hour.
The Puma Gen-E will be one of 10 all-electric vehicles Ford plans to launch in Europe this year. Other EVs include electric versions of the Transit Custom and Transit range, as well as the delayed Explorer compact SUV, which is based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. Explorer deliveries start this summer.