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How Ford Explains LFP Battery Chemistry

Ford's Charles Poon outlines the differences between the lithium iron phosphate and nickel cobalt manganese batteries the company will offer its EV customers.

Michael C. Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Battery Technology

June 12, 2023

Ford Motor Co., like many other car companies, is leaning in on developing and producing lithium iron phosphate (LFP) to power their electric vehicles. LFP batteries are exceptionally durable and use fewer high-demand, high-cost materials than nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) batteries. Ford is the first automaker to commit to building both NCM and LFP batteries in the United States.

When Ford's announced its $3.5 billion investment to build the country’s first automaker-backed LFP battery plant, BlueOval Battery Park Michigan, it concurrently shared a short explainer on the pertinent differences between the two chemistries. The narrator is Charles Poon, Ford's Global Director of Electrified Systems Engineering, and someone who knows his way around a battery of either chemistry. Take a look:


About the Author(s)

Michael C. Anderson

Editor-in-Chief, Battery Technology, Informa Markets - Engineering

Battery Technology Editor-in-Chief Michael C. Anderson has been covering manufacturing and transportation technology developments for more than a quarter-century, with editor roles at Manufacturing Engineering, Cutting Tool Engineering, Automotive Design & Production, and Smart Manufacturing. Before all of that, he taught English and literature at colleges in Japan and Michigan.

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