Ford and CATL ink global strategic cooperation to promote EVs globally

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American automobile giant Ford Motor has ventured into a global strategic partnership with Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL), a Chinese battery manufacturer, to deliver batteries in China, Europe, and North America. 

The latest cooperation seeks to offer new opportunities for the two companies to create a sustainable business and promote electric vehicles (EV), ultimately contributing to global carbon neutrality goals. 

As part of the non-binding memorandum of understanding, CATL will provide lithium iron phosphate (LFP)  battery packs for Ford’s North American Mustang Mach-E models beginning in 2023, and for North American F-150 Lightnings in early 2024. 

Equipped with CATL’s LFP battery technology, the two Ford models will offer outstanding performance in terms of temperature adaptability, according to a press release issued by the Chinese company. 

CATL’s cell-to-pack technology is designed to directly integrate cells into packs, enabling enhanced system energy density, simplified manufacturing, and lesser cost. 

Ford’s EV architecture flexibility allows efficient incorporation of CATL’s prismatic CTP tech, allowing the delivery of incremental capacity quickly to scale and meet customer demand. 

As part of the MoU, CATL will also actively cooperate with Ford with respect to other battery technologies.