Ford opening carbon neutral EV assembly plant

$2 billion transformation brings the new age of electric vehicles to Europe, securing German manufacturing jobs.

Ford has opened its first carbon-neutral electric vehicle (EV) assembly plant in Cologne, Germany. This hi-tech center represents a new era in automotive production, cleaner, more sustainable future.

“Opening the Cologne EV Center is the start of a new generation of clean manufacturing and electric vehicles in Europe,” said Bill Ford, Executive Chair.

Historic plant transformed

Ford’s Cologne plant has a rich history, established in 1930, and has been a key player in the European automotive industry. Now, this historic plant gets a new lease on life with a transformation worth $2 billion. The transformation is a strong testament to skilled German manufacturing jobs and the future of automotive production in Europe.

High-tech and highly efficient

The 125-hectare site houses a new production line, battery assembly, and state-of-the-art tooling and automation. It’s designed to produce over 250,000 EVs annually. The plant will begin its production with the electric Explorer, marking Ford’s continued commitment towards an emission-free future.

Carbon neutrality

The Cologne EV Center is more than just a production plant. It’s Ford’s first step towards achieving carbon neutrality across all its European facilities, logistics, and direct suppliers by 2035. This initiative reflects Ford’s commitment to creating an environmentally responsible future for the auto industry.

Embracing digital advancements

The Cologne EV Center implements self-learning machines, autonomous transport systems, and real-time big data management. This integration of digital advancements assures high quality while improving the efficiency of the production processes.


  • $2 billion investment
  • 125-hectare site
  • Annual production capacity: 250,000+ EVs
  • First vehicle: Electric Explorer
  • Carbon neutrality across all European facilities, logistics, and direct suppliers by 2035. 


As we look towards the horizon, the advent of the Cologne EV Center paints an optimistic picture for the auto industry. While it echoes a pledge to sustainability, it also represents a reinvestment in local economies and skilled labor. The implication is clear: sustainable technology is not just about reducing carbon emissions, but about creating a balanced ecosystem that values economic growth and environmental health equally.


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