FORD is ditching petrol and diesel — as it turns its Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo electric. The carmaker says it will have the first of its plug-in models — believed to be a small SUV — out by 2023. And it pledged that all of its cars will either be electric or hybrid within five years. Ford of Europe president Stuart Rowley said: "We are going all in on electric vehicles." The company sells more new cars in Britain than any other manufacturer — but has not built any here for two decades. It had already announced the closure of its petrol engine plant at Bridgend, South Wales. The latest announcement means it joins a growing list of carmakers — including Jaguar , Volvo and Bentley — to ditch the internal combustion engine. Ford will spend £720million updating its factory in Cologne, Germany, to produce mass-market plug-in vehicles. Production of diesel engines for the Ford Transit will continue for a few more years yet. The engines are made in Dagenham, East London. But its white vans will all be zero-emissions capable, fully electric or plug-in hybrid by 2024. Most read in Motors SPACE INVADERS Find out whether it is illegal… Read full this story
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