Ford's plant in Romania could produce electric cars in the coming years in the context of Ford Europe's new strategy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Stuart Rowley, president of Ford Europe has implied, according to local reports.

"The plant in Craiova is a success story. We launched the new Puma there at the beginning of last year. The model is a hit in the market, and most units delivered use mild-hybrid technology. We will return in the coming months with details about the future," Rowley told Ziarul Financia, according to romania-insider.com.

Ford Europe last week announced a plan to invest US$1bn at its plant in Cologne, Germany, to produce an electric car for the European market in 2023. It will be designed on the same platform as Volkswagen ID.3.

Separately, according to the reports, the automaker said Josephine Payne would take over as president of Ford Romania and general manager of the Craiova factory, starting 1 April, 2021. Payne will replace Ian Pearson, who will retire on 1 May after 31 years with Ford.