Ford, VW officially ink long-term platform, electric car partnership

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford and Volkswagen will every supply a small metropolis van, a bigger cargo van, a small pickup truck and an electric car as a part of their world alliance introduced final yr. The two firms issued a joint assertion early Wednesday confirming that the deal had been formalized.

ford vw officially ink long term platform electric car partnership

The firms introduced some particulars of what the enterprise will yield Wednesday, with town van created by VW and a 1-ton cargo van engineered by Ford to be bought by each firms. VW can even make a small pickup constructed on the underpinnings of Ford’s Ranger, and Ford will construct an unidentified electric car for Europe based mostly on VW’s modular design, the businesses stated. The firms have additionally confirmed their dedication to collectively funding autonomous car improvement, with VW investing in Argo AI, a Pittsburgh firm largely owned by Ford.

“In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on the global economy, more than ever it is vital to set up resilient alliances between strong companies,” stated Volkswagen Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess. “This collaboration will efficiently drive down development costs, allowing broader global distribution of electric and commercial vehicles, and enhance the positions of both companies.”

“This alliance comes at a time of tremendous enthusiasm about the intersection of increasingly intelligent, connected vehicles in an ever-smarter world,” stated Ford CEO Jim Hackett.  “This creates a huge opportunity to innovate and solve many of the world’s transportation challenges and deliver extraordinary benefits to customers – even as companies need to be selective about how they use their cash.”

The automakers introduced the alliance final July amid a string of business partnerships and acquisitions to share the costly price of designing new automobiles and growing new applied sciences. The first merchandise below the deal would be the vans, which might come as early as subsequent yr. VW would begin promoting the pickup truck in 2022, and the electric car would are available in 2023, the businesses stated in a press release.

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