Ford Pours Another $185 Million Into Electric Vehicles Batteries
General Motors is not the only major auto manufacturer steering its future toward electric cars.
Ford Motor Co. recently unveiled another big bet on plug-in vehicles, putting down $185 million on a new effort to make batteries in its home state. The company plans to build an “Ion Park” laboratory focused on the “future of battery manufacturing” in Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“The clarity that (Ford CEO) Jim Farley has brought as part of this plan is that we will lead this transition from ICE (internal combustion engines) to BEVs (battery electric vehicles),” Ford’s chief product platform and operations officer Hau Thai-Tang, reportedly said in a recent press call. “And we will no longer take an approach of hedging our bets and planning around the uncertainty of how fast that will play out."
General Motors turned heads and made headlines in January when the company said it plans to make its entire fleet all-electric by 2035. Although Ford has not gone that far, the company has pledged to invest $29 billion in electrification projects, including plug-in versions to the F-150 pickup truck, the Mustang and a luxury sport utility vehicle.
The 200,000 sq.-ft. learning lab “will include pilot-scale equipment for electrode, cell and array design and manufacturing and will use state-of-the-art technology to pilot new manufacturing techniques that will allow Ford to quickly scale breakthrough battery cell designs with novel materials once the company vertically integrates battery cells and batteries,” the company said in an announcement.
How Car Defects Put Everyone at Risk
As Ford increasingly goes all-in on electric cars as the future of driving, the company is still having a hard time putting vehicles on the road that are safe to drive today.
The company recently recalled some 300,000 pickup trucks over a tailgate defect that Ford said increases the risk of a crash, for example. Federal investigators are now looking into whether the company actually fixed the problem.
The California lemon law offers car owners and lessors in the Golden State some important protections against defective and malfunctioning vehicles. The law requires manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty.
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