Production will begin in 2022 and will partially palliate the end of the Mondeo model.
The management of Ford Almussafes in Valencia has once again gathered this morning the union leaders of the factory’s works council (of which UGT, CC OO, STM-Intersindical and CGT are part) to announce that the Valencian plant will begin to manufacture engines hybrids for Europe . At the moment it has not specified the impact on the future employment of the company in the engine plant. On the other hand, the assembly capacity in the battery plant will be increased.
By the end of 2022 , the engine plant will build the 2.5 Duratec hybrid engine for Europe, which it currently assembles in the Kuga Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), as well as the Galaxy and S-Max models in their hybrid versions. The Duratec Atkinson 2.5-liter gasoline engine is the first of its kind to be built in Europe and reinforces the importance of PHEV and Full Hybrid in Ford’s current and future line of vehicles.
Additionally, the company confirms the investment of 5.2 million euros, in addition to the 24 million initial investment, to increase the capacity of the Valencia battery plant , which began production in October of last year. The extra production capacity is necessary to meet the increased demand for current hybrid vehicles.
According to the management of Ford Almussafes, the plant is moving towards a future of fully electric passenger vehicles. In 2020, 39% of Ford vehicle sales were in SUVs and crossovers models, in addition, customers showed great interest in electrified models, representing more than 50% of the demand for the Kuga model.
As a consequence of the evolution in customer preference for SUV models to the detriment of traditional saloons, Ford will stop manufacturing the Mondeo at the end of March 2022. The Galaxy and S-Max models will continue in production, of which they have released hybrid versions recently.
This decision is taken after the management of Ford Almussafes announced on March 15 to the unions an Employment Regulation File (ERE) for 630 workers of the vehicle production plant to carry out a “structural” adjustment of the production of the factory to adapt to the current scenario, in which the pandemic is already in the background and where it is the process of electrification of the car that emerges as the main reason for the decision. T
After accumulating six temporary suspension files ( ERTE ) since the beginning of the health crisis, the multinational recognizes that the current situation is not temporary. Combustion models are not for sale. That is why it has proposed to lower the number of vehicles produced daily from the current 1,640 —which, due to constant records, have barely been reached in the last year— to 1,360. A reduction of 280 units a day that everything indicates that it will cause the extinction of the night shift, although this point is not confirmed. In total, Almussafes will manufacture some 50,000 fewer units until the end of the year.