Opening subsequent yr, the $185 million lab in Michigan, U.S., will develop, check and construct lithium-ion and solid-state vehicle battery cells and arrays with a cross-functional crew of 150 specialists.
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Ford has introduced its plan to open a new battery lab known as ‘Ford Ion Park’ to develop and manufacture electrical vehicle (EV) batteries, and check manufacturing approaches, taking a step towards producing battery cells for EVs internally.
Opening subsequent yr, the $185 million lab in Michigan, U.S., will develop, check and construct lithium-ion and solid-state vehicle battery cells and arrays with a cross-functional crew of 150 specialists, the auto big stated in a press release.
“Investing in more battery R&D ultimately will help us speed the process to deliver more, even better, lower cost EVs for customers over time,” Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product platform and operations officer stated.
The Ford Ion Park crew will probably be led by Anand Sankaran, at present the corporate’s director of Electrified Systems Engineering. According to the carmaker, the crew will guarantee batteries are optimised for its various prospects – from each day commuters to efficiency fanatics to industrial vehicle fleet operators.
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The automotive firm’s $100 million battery benchmarking and check laboratory in Michigan, opened final yr, will assist Ford Ion Park and assist shortly check and establish the correct battery cells and chemistries to energy Ford’s rising EV line-up.
Unlike different American vehicle companies like Tesla and General Motors that have invested in battery cell production at scale for his or her EVs, Ford’s 2,00,000 sq. ft. lab will embody “pilot-scale” gear for electrode, cell and array design and manufacturing and can use state-of-the-art know-how to pilot new manufacturing methods.
Ford at current sources its batteries from South Korea-based SK Innovation, and didn’t specify the timeline for in-house manufacturing of battery cells at scale for its rising EV line-up that features Mustang Mach-E, the all-electric Ford Transit, which is ready to go on sale late this yr and the all-electric F-150 arriving by mid-2022.
“We are modernising Ford’s battery development and manufacturing capabilities so we can better control costs and production variables in-house and scale production around the world with speed and quality,” Thai-Tang stated.
Earlier this yr, Ford introduced its dedication to make investments no less than $22 billion by means of 2025 to ship linked, electrified autos, beginning with EV variations of its hottest nameplates.
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