📩 03/12/2020 15:11
Ford Otosan, the first fully electric commercial vehicles will be produced in Turkey, the Transit Ford E-then take responsibility for the production of electric vehicles will play an important role in the transformation to announce the new investment. The company started work to implement the "Battery Assembly Factory" investment in Kocaeli Plants, the largest commercial vehicle production center of Ford Europe.
Ford Otosan General Manager Haydar Yenigün said, “As Ford Otosan, we are taking our electric vehicle production and investment efforts in our Kocaeli Plants one step further with the“ Battery Assembly Factory ”. We lead the electric vehicle journey of the automotive industry in our country. Turkey will be the first and only integrated electric vehicle manufacturing plant, "he said.
Ford Otosan, the leading company of the Turkish automotive industry, announced that it will launch the 'Battery Assembly Factory', which is of great importance in the transformation process into electric vehicles, in Kocaeli by 2022.
"With this investment, our Kocaeli Plant is the first and only integrated electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Turkey"
Emphasizing that Ford has moved to a new stage within the scope of electrification strategy, Ford Otosan General Manager Haydar Yenigün said: “As Ford Otosan, we have assumed important responsibilities in the production of commercial vehicles on behalf of our country and reached a very important position in the Ford world with our engineering knowledge. Turkey's first and invest in our electric vehicles can be charged only to lead to the transformation of the automotive industry, we started with Custom PHEV commercial vehicle production. We recently achieved a great success by taking the responsibility of manufacturing the E-Transit, Ford's first fully electric commercial vehicle. Now, we have started work to establish our battery assembly factory, which was designed by Ford Otosan engineers. Thus, Kocaeli our factory and we took an important first step towards being a single integrated tool manufacturing plant in Turkey. With our battery step, we add a new one to our software engineering capabilities. With this important investment, we develop hardware and software tests, beyond battery assembly, with our own engineering. Therefore, this investment is a gain not only for Ford Otosan but also for our country. I believe that the production of electric vehicles, including the battery, will make a very positive contribution to the national economy in a wide ecosystem and to the competitiveness of our industry, including domestic suppliers, in the world.
Investments do not slow down for 60 years
Ford Otosan in Turkey for 60 years is a pioneering force in the automotive industry, and noted that the success of the first Yenigün, he continued by saying; "We can proudly say that, whatever the conditions ceaselessly while adding value to our investment in Turkey, the automotive industry is always' we were able to sign in first. In our 60-year journey; We produced nearly 6 million vehicles in total and exported them to the whole world. Our R & D strength of Turkey's first domestically-produced engines, we achieved many successes up to ITOY award-winning truck. We have become Europe's largest production base for commercial vehicles. We provide employment to thousands of families, we continue to ensure we are one company that invests most in Turkey, we invested only 10 billion euros last 2,5 years. Not only us, but also our country's automotive ecosystem, sub-industry and suppliers have grown and become global with us. Our local production Transits have reached millions of customers around the world so far, and our fully-electric and domestic E-Transits will be on European roads in 2022. With our electric vehicle investments, I am confident that we will achieve significant success from now on as we have done until today. "
Ford Otosan engineers take on critical processes in battery production
Turkey is the first fully electric commercial vehicles will be produced at Ford E-Transit range will offer 67 kWh, 400 volt lithium-ion battery with up to 350 kms. The new battery assembly factory, which aims at an integrated operating system, will be equipped with the latest technology manufacturing solutions, and efficiency will be achieved with AGV (smart transport systems). New generation riveting and welding technologies will be used to get high quality product output. A flexible production facility with a high level of automation will be created thanks to a total of 8 robots, 22 on the assembly line and 30 on the case production line. Camera controls will be made with collaborative robots in the technological facility.
Batteries will also be passed through safety tests such as electrical tests and air leakage tests in the test laboratories to be established by Ford Otosan. During this test, the battery pack; software control will be done with charge level, package and cell temperature control. With the new cold metal transfer welding technology to be used, the air and water tightness of the battery cases will be 100% controlled. With the projection and 3D sensors called 'Light Guide System', all assembly steps of the battery pack can be followed. In addition to the support system, possible production errors will be prevented with image processing cameras placed on collaborative robots.