Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă stated that the handover of ownership of the Ford Craiova plant to Ford Otosan mainly relates to the making of four new types of vehicles, adding that the first fully electric vehicle there will be manufactured in 2024.
„We are talking about a handover of the Ford Craiova car factory to the Ford Otosan company. It is a transfer that comes with an investment of 490 million euros over the next three years. It is an investment designed mainly for the production of four new types of vehicles. And what is noteworthy is that in 2024, the first fully electric vehicle will be produced here”, Ciucă said at the Ford Craiova factory.
He said that his discussions with the president of Ford Europe, with the manager of Ford Otosan and with the technical staff of the two companies were excellent.
„I understand very well that the projects are based on a vision of development, in the next period, of the Ford factory from Craiova and the intentions for investments and horizontal development for everything that means the need to ensure a consistent production of vehicles in Craiova”, the prime minister also said.
He added that all these new investments come with a whole series of obligations, commitments, based on dialogue, at the level of the Government, in order to support the transition from combustion engines to pure-electric engines.
„Practically, through this investment, Ford Craiova comes and supports government projects to achieve our goals at EU level for a green transition, to succeed in ensuring that from 2035 we will make and use zero-emission vehicles, and it also helps us to horizontally be able to develop production facilities to support this whole approach of the Romanian business sector”, said Ciucă.