Ford may bring its plug-in hybrid models to Europe

2015 Ford Fusion Energi

Ford may start selling PHEVs in Europe, following the lead of rival Volkswagen Group. Ford’s Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi PHEVs have been pretty popular in the US market, but the company hasn’t launched plug-ins in Europe because of what it sees as low demand.

However, this week, Uli Koesters, Ford’s Vehicle Line Director for Large Cars in Europe, told Automotive News Europe that the company is “actively considering” a PHEV for Europe, perhaps a version of the Mondeo, the European version of the Fusion.

VW recently launched its Golf GTE PHEV, and plans to introduce a plug-in version of the Passat midsize sedan next year. Koesters said Ford could “quickly respond” with a PHEV if the market demanded it.

“I believe the plug-in take-up in Europe is not quite as ready as some people would like to think, but it is clearly a technology that can do a lot better at significantly reducing fuel consumption and that is why we are actively looking at it.”

 

Source: Automotive News