Ford will have lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, but they will first be fitted in models for North America.
Ford has a goal of very rapid progress in the electric car market. From 2023, it plans to sell 600,000 connected vehicles. He also specified how: 270,000 Mustang Mach-E, 150,000 F-150 Lightning, 150,000 utilities (on both sides of the Atlantic) and 30,000 copies of a new SUV planned for Europe.
This one will leave the chains of the factory of Cologne (Germany), which is in full restructuring. This SUV will be based on the MEB platform borrowed from Volkswagen. Ford indicates that the production rate will increase considerably in 2024, when a second connected adventurer will be launched on this basis. To this will also be added a 100% electric version of the Puma.
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By 2026, Ford expects to have a production volume of two million electric vehicles. The current challenge is therefore the supply of batteries. The blue oval says it has already secured 70% of battery production capacity for its 2026 target.
For the 2023 target, the brand has already concluded “strategic cooperation agreements” for an annual capacity of 60 GWh. With a great novelty: Ford will launch lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, alongside nickel-manganese-cobalt. The brand highlights an advantage: these LFP batteries will be 10 to 15% less expensive than the NMC.
These LFP batteries will be supplied by the Chinese CALT. But they will first be reserved for the North American market, for the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning. The price of the Mustang Mach-E will therefore not drop yet with us!