Ford Goes Independent on EV Battery Manufacturing

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Ford announced today that it’s getting to spend millions on a “global battery center of excellence” in southeastern Michigan that it’s named “Ford Ion Park.” The R&D center will search for ways to form electric-vehicle batteries cheaper and develop them more quickly, and also find ways to enhance the whole battery development process, researching what’s involved from the mining stage to recycling of used batteries.

The plan for Ford to make sure an independent supply of batteries particularly is sensible in light of the present global semiconductor shortage, which has negatively affected production plans at many automakers including Ford. Ford has already been building its own hybrid battery packs and electric motors in Michigan for nearly a decade, but by the top of 2021 the automaker plans to be building EVs and components in 15 locations round the world, including China.

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In addition to the Ford Ion Park project, the Battery Benchmarking and Test Laboratory that Ford opened in late 2020 at a price of $100 million has already analyzed quite 150 sorts of battery cells in search of what Ion Park director Anand Sankaran called “next-generation lithium-ion solutions, including solid-state batteries.” We’ll bring more details about the project as they become available.

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