Ford has announced its entire passenger range in Europe will be all-electric by the end of the decade.
The motor giant also said its commercial models will be 100% zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, by 2024.
The move comes after Ford reported a return to profit in Europe in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The firm said it was investing at least $22bn (£15.8bn) globally in electrification to 2025, nearly twice the company’s previous investment plans.
Ford of Europe president Stuart Rowley said: “We successfully restructured Ford of Europe and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2020.
“Now we are charging into an all-electric future in Europe with expressive new vehicles and a world-class connected customer experience.”
The company’s plans include a $1bn cash boost to modernise its vehicle assembly facility in Cologne, Germany.
The investment will transform the existing operation for the manufacture of electric vehicles, Ford’s first such facility in Europe.
Ford confirmed that its first European-built, volume all-electric passenger will be produced at the site from 2023.
Speaking on Sky News Mr Rowley said Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, which is responsible for the design and engineering of its commercial vehicles, would be “contributing strongly” and playing as leading role in the electrification of the range.
“So we don’t produce vehicles, but it is a very important part of our overall operation,” he said.
The firm, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said the Jaguar brand will lead the way with a complete electric vehicle range by 2025.
The plans come as car groups worldwide pursue zero-emission strategies to meet strict CO2 emission targets.
A number of countries have also announced bans on new fossil-fuel vehicle sales.
Boris Johnson, who welcomed the company’s commitment in a tweet on Monday evening, confirmed last year that sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans would be phased out by 2030, as part of his 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”.
Great news Jaguar Land Rover is set to become an all-electric brand by 2025, a significant step towards becoming a net zero business by 2039. A brilliant example of British engineering leading the industry to a cleaner future, as we build back greener.https://t.co/iDATPQ7zJv
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 15, 2021
In November, luxury car brand Bentley Motors, owned by Germany’s Volkswagen, said its model range will be fully electric by 2030.