The Ford Focus Electric is powering up of its U.S. introduction. The supplier for one of the primary components in this electric vehicle was announced: Compact Power, Inc. (CPI), a subsidiary of LG Chem, will build the lithium-ion battery packs.
The Focus Electric battery packs will leverage CPI and parent company LG Chem’s deep expertise in advanced flat format lithium-ion cells and advanced liquid-cooled modules and battery management systems.
“CPI is an emerging leader in the lithium-ion battery field and we are pleased to have them as a strategic supplier as we prepare to bring the Ford Focus Electric to market,” said Sherif Marakby, Ford Director of Sustainable Mobility Products and Hybrid programs. “We are moving aggressively with our electrification strategy and our work to help make Michigan a center of excellence for a range of electrified vehicles.”
CPI, based in Troy, Mich., will begin battery pack assembly for the Ford Focus Electric in 2011 and is finalizing its U.S. production site. The lithium-ion cells for the packs will initially be sourced from Korea through LG Chem.
The cells will incorporate LG Chem’s proprietary chemistry and its industry-leading safety-reinforced-separator technology that provides unparalleled safety performance.
Focus Electric will have a targeted range of up to 100 miles per full charge with zero tailpipe emissions. It is one of five electrified vehicles Ford is bringing to market in the U.S. in the next two years. These include:
Focus Electric, a full battery electric passenger car, will be produced at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich.
This complements the overall Ford strategy to establish a center of excellence in Michigan for electrification of a broad range of vehicles, including lithium-ion battery-powered hybrids, plug-ins and pure electric vehicles. You can read more about the Ford center of excellence by clicking here. Ford is committed to delivering electrified vehicles as part of its overall vehicle portfolio designed to deliver both the fuel efficiency and the performance customers demand.