Ford moves to make electric vehicle battery cells


Dane Hardware (right), Ford design and release engineer, and Mary Fredrick, Ford battery validation engineer, measure the voltage of a battery using a digital multimeter at Ford’s Battery Benchmarking and Test Laboratory in Allen Park, Michigan.


DETROIT – Ford Motor plans to invest $185 million into a new battery lab as a step toward manufacturing its own battery cells for electric vehicles, the company announced Tuesday.

The funds will go toward constructing Ford Ion Park, a “pilot facility” for production that’s expected to open by the end of next year outside of Detroit. The planned 200,000-square-foot lab is designed to accelerate development of the technologies as the company…


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