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Car city Cologne

Charged up and ready for electric.

The Cologne region has long been an important vehicle manufacturing center but is now also home to innovative sustainable mobility. Cologne's rich automotive tradition began with the invention of the legendary Otto engine in 1876. Today, the metropolis on the Rhine is home to numerous automobile manufacturers, including Ford, Renault, Toyota and Volvo. A third of Germany’s automotive suppliers are also based in Cologne.

Ford Cologne: Europe’s No. 1 for the production of e-cars

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With Cologne home to its European headquarters and a 14,000 strong workforce, Ford is not only one of the city's largest employers, but also a leading light in the e-mobility offensive. Cologne is also the first Ford plant in Europe to be commissioned to manufacture electric vehicles. 

To this end, Ford is investing two billion euros in converting the plant on the banks of the Rhine. From 2023, the first electric cars will roll off the production line. A second model is already in the pipeline.



Forward with future technologies

Aside from converting Cologne’s Ford facility into a dedicated plant for electric vehicles, Cologne is benefiting from other forward-looking investments in the automotive industry:

  • The Japanese-Italian supplier Marelli is now producing electric vehicle drives at Cologne’s Ford facility.

  • Cologne-based engine manufacturer Deutz, which produced its first hydrogen engine in 2021, is launching a pilot project with RheinEnergie and plans to start series production from 2023.

  • Renault has relocated its German headquarters to Cologne following a national competition to identify a new site. In addition to the new Renault Scenic, which will be purely electric when it goes into production, Renault is planning eight more fully electric models by 2025.