Partnership between producers and Gov’t needed in order to start production of electric cars in Romania, he says
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Friday at the Ford plant in southern Craiova that in order to create an incentive to start producing electric cars in Romania, there must be a very serious partnership between manufacturers and government authorities.
“We have discussed the new orientation in European politics, the Green Pact and the possible consequences. Clearly, to be able to create here an incentive to start the production of electric cars [ed.n.- in Romania], there surely must be a very serious partnership between the industry, between the manufacturer and the government authorities,” Orban said after visiting the Ford plant.
The prime minister specified that in order to kick off this possible production of electric or hybrid cars, there are several determining factors, among which the development of an infrastructure of electric charging stations, for which there is also the possibility of using European funds to develop a network for the use of electric cars.
Premier Orban, who conducted a test-drive with the new Ford Puma model manufactured in Craiova and participated in a “race” with the US ambassador to Romania, Adrian Zuckerman, also said that this was his first visit to the car plant in Craiova.
“I have visited the assembly section, which impressed me with the extremely modern equipment, the way each operation is thought out, the fact that it is constantly improving, in permanent progress that leads to higher quality, lower costs and easier handling by the employees in carrying out various operations. Ford invested 1.5 billion euros in Romania, building a very modern plant, which has a major contribution to the economic development of the area and of Romania, ranking second in terms of exports among companies. Through everything we can do, we will encourage such an investment that is for the benefit of both the company and the economic development of Romania,” the prime minister said.
He went on to say that he spoke with the Ford officials about improving the transport infrastructure, about the Craiova-Pitesti expressway, about the Pitesti-Sibiu motorway section, which closes the pan-European corridor IV, but also about the possible financing under the Connecting Europe Facility programme of the link on the motorway between Craiova and Lugoj, to make the connection with the pan-European corridor IV, as well as on simplifying the procedures and reducing the waiting time at the borders, in order to increase the competitiveness of the Ford plant in Romania.
The president of Ford Romania, Ian Pearson, affirmed that this year is a special year for the company, because for the first time it produces two vehicles at the same time in the Craiova plant’s sections – Ford EcoSport and the new Ford Puma, and also added to the 1-liter ecoBoost engine a mild-hybrid version.
“Mr. Prime Minister drove the new Ford Puma and had a “race” with Mr. Ambassador. We are very pleased to see that the new Ford Puma is already being delivered in Europe as we are getting closer to commercially launching this model. The feedback we received from our first customers and from some representatives of the car press who drove the new Puma is fantastic. Ford Puma built exclusively in Craiova obtained a maximum score of 5 stars within the Euro NCAP safety tests and it is the first car produced in Romania with integrated hybrid technology. Ford Craiova produces not only excellent vehicles, but also the award-winning 1-liter EcoBoost engine we deliver to our vehicle assembly plants in Europe and Asia”, said Pearson, according to Agerpres.