LG Chem Inside
Ford has picked Compact Power, Inc. (CPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of South-Korea's LG Chem, as the main supplier of lithium-ion battery packs for the 2011 Ford Focus Electric for the U.S. market. In this, Ford are following in GM's footsteps, who also selected LG Chem to supply batteries for the Chevy Volt.
At first the batteries will come from South-Korea, but LG Chem is building a $300+ million manufacturing plant in Michigan, so from 2012 onward, the batteries will come from there.
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 the Transit Connect Electric, a small commercial van in 2010; Focus Electric in 2011; two new lithium-ion battery-powered hybrids; and a plug-in hybrid in 2012.
For more details about the next generation Ford Focus, including the hybrid and electric versions, check out: 2010 Detroit Auto Show: Ford Introduces New Focus, Electric Version Production Starts in 2011