14 June 2017
Ford is to open a dedicated ‘Smart Mobility Innovation office’ in London so that it can bring its technical experts closer to trials of its plug-in hybrid Transit van, which will begin in the capital later this year.
The new office is located on the Here East Campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will be staffed by 40 people working closely on the project, as well as other members of the company’s future mobility team.
The campus is already home to Loughborough University, one of Ford’s longest standing academic research partners, as well as the government-backed Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), which Ford has worked with on the plug-in hybrid Transit project.
“Basing our rapidly growing team here in the heart of mobility innovation in London is critical to accelerating our learning and development of new technologies,” said Steven Armstrong, Group Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “The location at Here East will allow us greater collaboration and the out-of-the-box thinking needed to tackle the urban transport challenges of tomorrow.”
“We will also be ideally placed to build on existing partner projects and have access to London’s world-class digital talent. Both will be key as we build towards our ambition of being a global leader in mobility solutions.”