Ford will this year introduce lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries to the Mustang Mach-E line-up in Europe, as part of the company’s commitment to making EVs more affordable and accessible to customers.
Ford has also announced it is investing $3.5 billion to build the first automaker-backed LFP battery plant in the U.S. – called BlueOval Battery Park Michigan – which will open in 2026.
Diversifying and localising Ford’s battery supply chain in the regions where it builds EVs will improve availability and affordability for customers while strengthening consumer demand. Ford is working to deliver an annual run rate of 600,000 electric vehicles globally by the end of this year and 2 million globally by the end of 2026 as part of its Ford+ plan.
As the company rapidly scales EV production, introducing LFP batteries allows Ford to produce more electric vehicles and offer more choices to new EV customers and helps support the company’s goal of an 8 percent EBIT margin for Model e by 2026.
“We are committed to leading the electric vehicle revolution, and that means investing in the technology and jobs that will keep us on the cutting edge of this global transformation in our industry,” said Bill Ford, Ford executive chair.
LFP battery chemistry to benefit Ford customers
Offering LFP as a second battery chemistry – in addition to nickel cobalt manganese (NCM) – allows Ford customers to choose an electric vehicle with unique battery performance characteristics most aligned with their needs.
LFP batteries are very durable and tolerate more frequent and faster charging while using fewer high-demand, high-cost materials. This lower-cost battery, at scale, will help Ford contain or even further reduce EV prices for customers. These LFP batteries will power a variety of affordable, next-generation Ford EV passenger vehicles and trucks under development.
“Ford’s electric vehicle line-up has generated huge demand. We’re delivering on our commitments as we scale LFP and NCM batteries and thousands, and soon millions, of customers will begin to reap the benefits of Ford EVs with cutting-edge, durable battery technologies that are growing more affordable over time,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO.
Even before the new battery plant opens in Marshall, Michigan, U.S., Ford will introduce LFP batteries on Mustang Mach-E this year and F-150 Lightning in 2024 in key global markets, with a goal of reducing wait times for customers.
LFP battery technology also helps reduce reliance on critical minerals such as nickel and cobalt, and is in line with Ford’s work to create an EV supply chain that upholds its commitments to sustainability and human rights.
Ford has committed to invest over $50 billion in electric vehicles globally through 2026 and is also already committed to achieving carbon neutrality globally across its vehicles, operations and supply chain by 2050. The company is targeting zero emissions for all vehicle sales in Europe and carbon neutrality across its European footprint of facilities, logistics and suppliers by 2035