Ford Chooses Battery Supplier for 2011 Focus Electric

Scheduled to launch sometime next year, Ford is finalizing the plans for its U.S.-spec, 100-mile range Focus Electric. Today it announced it will source battery packs for the car from Compact Power Incorporated.

“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’s director of sustainable mobility products and hybrid programs.

A subsidiary of LG Chem, CPI is based in Troy, Mich., some 30 miles north of Ford’s Dearborn global headquarters. CPI will initially import the cells from Korea through LG Chem, but will soon begin manufacturing its own product at its new plant in Holland, Mich., with battery pack assembly beginning next year. The battery pack will incorporate CPI’s advanced liquid-cooled modules and battery management systems, along with its industry leading safety-reinforced-separator technology. CPI has capacity to make battery packs for roughly 150,000 vehicles annually at its new plant.

Like its gasoline-powered brethren, the 2011 Focus Electric will be produced at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. In addition to the Focus, Ford will produce the Transit Connect Electric, a pair of next-generation hybrid electric vehicles, and a plug-in hybrid vehicle, by 2012. The Focus Electric satisfies Ford’s goal for its first electric car to achieve no less than 100 miles on a single charge, while emitting no tailpipe emissions.

Source: Ford, The Detroit News