Ford taps plant in Valencia, Spain to build next-generation electric vehicles for Europe

A Ford Motor Co. plant in Valencia, Spain, is set to become the automaker’s next electric vehicle manufacturing base in Europe.

The company said on Wednesday it had selected the Valencia plant as its “preferred site” to build vehicles on an all-new, next-generation EV architecture developed by Ford as the automaker increases its EV production capacity in the region to achieve an all-electric range of passenger vehicles by 2026. The selection of the Valencia plant follows a months-long evaluation that also included a plant in Saarlouis, Germany.

The project to build electric vehicles in Valencia is awaiting product approval. If that happens, Ford plans to start producing vehicles on the next-generation architecture later this decade.

“We are committed to building a vibrant and sustainable business in Europe under our Ford+ plan, and that requires focus and tough choices,” CEO Jim Farley said in a statement. “The European automotive industry is fiercely competitive, and to thrive and grow, we can never settle for incredible quality products, a great customer experience, super-light operations and a talented and motivated team. “

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