Ford Otosan announced the most important phase of its new 20.5 billion TL investment, which will last until 2026, where electric and connected new generation commercial vehicle projects will be implemented in Kocaeli, determined with the mission of leading the electrical transformation of the automotive industry. Within the scope of the biggest investment of the automotive industry, announced by Ford Otosan to realize its electric and connected new generation commercial vehicle projects; The commercial vehicle production capacity in Kocaeli Plants, most of which is for export, will increase to 650 thousand units; In addition, 130 thousand battery installation capacity will be reached. The direct employment of more than 12 thousand people realized by Ford Otosan will increase to 15 thousand people with an additional 3 thousand people. In addition, with the forecast of 15 thousand additional employment in the supplier industry, a total of 18 thousand new jobs will be created.
Volkswagen’s 1 ton commercial vehicle
Ford Otosan Kocaeli Plants will first perform the mass production of Ford’s first fully electric commercial vehicle E-Transit for Europe by 2022 and will supply its batteries in Kocaeli. Thus, Kocaeli, Turkey’s first and only electric vehicles will be built integrated production facility. As of the first half of 2023, Ford Otosan will start producing the first fully electric version of the ‘Next Generation Transit Custom’ family with diesel and rechargeable, hybrid electric PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid) versions. Also; Within the scope of the strategic partnership of Ford and Volkswagen, the new generation Volkswagen 1-ton commercial vehicle model will also be produced by Ford Otosan in Kocaeli. With the project phase of 1.4 billion euro announced today, Ford Otosan’s 1 ton medium commercial vehicle capacity is planned to increase to 405 thousand units.