Ford Motor Co.
Charles Poon, Ford's director of Electrified Systems Engineering, holds a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, while Anand Sankaran, director of Ford Ion Park holds a nickel cobalt manganese (NCM) battery. Ford currently uses NCM in its electric vehicles, and will add LFP to its lineup beginning later this year to help it produce more EVs and make them more accessible and affordable for customers.

Production Pulse: Ford Electrical Systems Engineer Discusses EV Battery Investments (Video)

March 16, 2023
Charles Poon sat down with IndustryWeek's Robert Schoenberger to discuss the automaker's plans to build a $3.5 billion plant in Michigan for lithium iron phosphate (LFP) electric vehicle batteries.

At noon (eastern) on March 16 we held live conversation between Charle Poon, Ford Motor Co.'s director of electrified systems engineering, and IndustryWeek Editor-in-Chief Robert Schoenberger. They discussed Ford's recent $3.5 billion plant announcement to make lithium iron phosphate batteries in Michigan. 

Ford (and the entire auto industry) has set aggressive goals to electrify the global automotive fleet throughout the next few decades. Critical to those efforts will be lowering the cost of batteries and removing hard-to-source metals that often come from conflict zones or require mining operations that create their own environmental challenges. LFP technology could address some of those issues, but there are tradeoffs. 

You can watch the live video here or on our Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn sites. 

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