Ford to open up EV battery tech centre in shift toward in-home production

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Ford introduced Tuesday that it is constructing a new battery progress center in southeast Michigan. Dubbed Ion Park, (or “Ion Park Center of Excellence,” if you want the prolonged model), the center will dwelling a 150-particular person crew of industry experts to research and build new battery tech as it requires measures to convey manufacturing in-house. 

The Ion Park staff will be headed up by Anand Sankaran, whose portfolio features the initial Ford Escape Hybrid, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and 2022 F-150 Hybrid. The workforce will collaborate with Ford’s existing Battery Benchmarking and Check Laboratory in Allen Park, Mich., which opened late last 12 months. Also coming is a $185 million collaborative discovering lab that will property a team accountable for experimenting with existing and forthcoming battery tech (both equally common lithium-ion and stable condition) each in phrases of useful applications and cradle-to-grave feasibility. 

“This environment-class 200,000 square-foot discovering lab will include pilot-scale machines for electrode, mobile and array design and producing and will use state-of-the-artwork technological innovation to pilot new producing approaches that will allow for Ford to immediately scale breakthrough battery mobile styles with novel supplies when the organization vertically integrates battery cells and batteries,” Ford stated. 

That is ideal. Ford totally intends to get into the battery manufacturing sport, while the business pointed out in its announcement that the Ion Park group will, by the battery laboratory and new learning lab, be collaborating with current suppliers, although it did not specify which ones. The Mustang Mach-E’s batteries are supplied by LG Chem.

“We are making new applications and solutions we require for a carbon-free of charge, affordable and improved long run,” mentioned Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product platform and operations. “We are modernizing Ford’s battery advancement and producing capabilities so we can better handle prices and creation variables in-residence and scale output about the environment with speed and top quality.”

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