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Firm invests £36 million in its Valencia factory to produce batteries for new electrified MPVs

Ford has invested £36.7 million in preparing its production facility in Valencia, Spain for the introduction of hybrid versions of the Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy

As part of the investment, the factory will gain two new assembly lines for the production of lithium ion battery packs for the electrified MPVs and hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the new Kuga SUV

The new versions of the Galaxy and S-Max will use the same powertrain as the Kuga, mating a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine to a 48v electric motor and an underfloor battery pack. Power is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Performance details are unconfirmed, but Ford claims the MPV duo have a target output of 197bhp and 155lb ft and will emit around 140g/km of CO2. Both will be capable of running in electric-only mode for short journeys. 

Regenerative braking will capture up to 90% of usually wasted energy to charge the battery, while electrically assisted steering, air conditioning, cooling and vacuum systems are said to reduce strain on the engine. 

The S-Max will continue to be available in five and seven-seat configurations, while the Galaxy gets seven as standard. The hybrid models can be expected to command a premium over their conventionally fuelled counterparts, which start at £30,490 and £33,210 respectively.

The hybrids will go on sale in 2021, following the completion of the Spanish battery production facility. They're part of Ford’s commitment to introduce 14 electrified models to its European line-up by the end of 2022. 

Ford’s European president Stuart Rowley said: “With electrification fast becoming the mainstream, we're increasing our investment in Valencia to provide even more electrified models and powertrain options for our customers. By making it easier than ever to transition into an electrified vehicle, we expect the majority of our passenger vehicle sales to be electrified by the end of 2022.”

The Ford Mondeo, which is currently produced at the Valencia plant, is expected to be reinvented in 2021 as a compact crossover to sit above the new Puma. 


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rickerby 20 January 2020

The last time you reported on

The last time you reported on this the smax, galaxy and Mondeo were all to be swept away by the proposed crossover? As for comments about them still existing, remember the cars built at Valencia are sold all over Europe. Because you’ve not seen one in the car park at Morrison’s recently doesn’t mean that nobody anywhere is buying them!

jagdavey 18 January 2020

Does anybody really buy them????

Of course they do. They buy them to be different from all those sheep buying SUV's!!!!!! And a question to "Aussierob", do they still make JUTE's in Australia???? (Na, they Bl*****y don't, do they Bruce????)  For Ford to recope its 37 million investment in Spain it needs to sell at least 40,000 S/max & Galaxy's. 


Aussierob 18 January 2020

I have no idea

What a JUTE might be, mate, but we buy everything from China these days in exchange for coal and iron ore. We don’t make anything.
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manicm 17 January 2020

Does anybody really buy the

Does anybody really buy the smax or galaxy anymore???

Aussierob 17 January 2020

Dunno mate

Didn’t know they still made them.
Do they?

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