Ford already has a relationship with the German carmaker to construct two EVs based mostly on Volkswagen’s MEB platform: the primary of which is a compact SUV referred to as the Explorer (not the identical because the U.S. market Explorer), with a second yet-unknown crossover SUV within the wings. Each automobiles will be constructed on the identical Cologne plant that beforehand churned out Fiestas. Word the MEB platform differs from the MEB Entry, which is extra compact and solely obtainable in a front-wheel drive configuration.
Whereas the door is clearly being propped open for an all-electric Fiesta, it is little doubt that Ford’s prime precedence is its personal EV platform moderately than sharing with different OEMs — particularly contemplating Ford’s growth of EV manufacturing to an extra facility positioned close to Valencia, Spain. The automaker additionally intends to concentrate on bodily bigger automobiles which have greater revenue margins.
Even when the Fiesta nameplate does get reincarnated as an EV, its diehard followers is perhaps going through disappointment. Such was the case when Ford introduced again the Puma as a hybrid crossover, eschewing the automobile’s roots as a sporty compact coupe.