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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    NHTSA to probe Ford over complaints of windshield detachment
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have opened a safety probe into Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles (SUVs) over reports of windshield trim panels detaching while driving at highway speeds, Reuters reported on 31 January. The US auto safety regulator said it was opening the preliminary evaluation into more than 1.8 million model year (MY) 2011 through 2019 Explorer SUVs. According to the article, NHTSA said that some of the complaints reported that the driver o...
    Ford to recall 462,000 vehicles globally due to issue in rearview camera display
    Ford Motor has announced a recall of 462,000 vehicles globally due to video output which could fail, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying, Reuters reported on 27 January. The recall covers select MY 2020–23 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and MY 2020–22 Lincoln Corsair vehicles featuring 360-degree cameras. Out of the 462,000 vehicles, 382,000 will be recalled in the United States. Significance: The automaker said it has reports of 17 minor crashes relating to the recall iss...
    Ford Motor to partner LG Energy Solution for Turkey battery plant after SK On withdraws
    US automaker Ford Motor Company plans to partner with South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution on its Turkey-based electric vehicle (EV) battery plant project after its strategic ally SK On withdrew from the deal, according to a news report published by Automotive News Europe on 9 January 2023. The new development comes as the carmaker plans to accelerate the shift to manufacture electric vehicles (EVs) while diversifying its battery suppliers, the report said, citing sources a...
    SK On–Ford Motor scrap USD3.2 billion Turkey battery plant
    South Korean EV battery maker SK On has scrapped its plan to build the KRW4 trillion (USD3.2 billion) battery manufacturing facility in Turkey on account of high cost of capital and the looming risks from the ongoing Russia–Ukraine war, according to a news report published by the Korea Economic Daily on 9 January 2023. SK On had earlier planned to set up a battery plant in Turkey in collaboration with the US automaker Ford Motor Company and the local group Koc Holding to serve the emerging ...
    Ford Motor, CATL explore ways to manufacture EV batteries in the US
    US automaker Ford Motor Company and China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Ltd. (CATL) are exploring ways to build a battery manufacturing plant in Michigan in order to qualify for the revised tax incentives under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 in the US, according to a news report published by Bloomberg on 15 December 2022. The report stated that the two companies are working to draw a complex arrangement designed to stay clea...
    Ford stays on track with Construction work of BlueOval SK Battery Park
    US automaker Ford Motor Company and its South Korean battery partner SK On have broken ground at BlueOval SK Battery Park in Kentucky, US, and the construction work is on schedule at the two massive battery manufacturing facilities, which are jointly expected to have an annual production capacity of more than 80GWh, once fully operational, the carmaker said on 5 December 2022. The Ford – SK On battery JV company—BlueOval SK—is investing a total of USD 5.8 billion on developing the two s...
    Ford invests over USD182 million at Halewood factory to support EV transition in Europe
    Ford Motor Company plans to invest a total of GBP150 million (over USD182 million) at its Halewood plant in the UK to support its electrification strategy in Europe, the carmaker said on 1 December 2022. The fresh investment entails a further GBP125 million in its Halewood facility, on Merseyside increasing capacity by 70%, and another GBP24 million on supporting E:PRiME product development center, the company said. According to the company, the new commitment takes the total investment in en...
    Ford records cumulative production of 150,000 Mustang Mach-Es, seeks rapid capacity expansion
    Ford Motor Company announced on 30 November 2022 that the company has cumulatively produced 150,000 units of its popular electric car Mustang Mach-E, a significant milestone achieved within two years of commencing the series production of the electric vehicle (EV) model. The announcement comes at a time when the US automaker is on its way to rapidly scale up its EV production capacity to achieve a rate of 600,000 units per year by late 2023 and more than 2 million units per year by 2026....
    Ford, Wejo use connected vehicle data to expand insurance offering in US
    Wejo Group has expanded its partnership with Ford Motor Company to offer insurance related insights in the United States, it said in a press release on 29 November. The partnership will enable insurance providers better understand driving behaviors through connected vehicle data and insights to support user-based intelligence for end-to-end insurance. “Expanding our joint capabilities with Ford in the US enables mutual benefit to both policyholders and insurers as auto insurance compan...
    Ford recalls 634,000 SUVs over fire risks from cracked fuel injectors
    Ford Motor is set to recall 634,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) worldwide over fire risks from cracked fuel injectors, Reuters reported on 24 November. The affected vehicles include MY2020–23 Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs with 3-cylinder, 1.5 liter engines. A cracked fuel injector could cause fuel or fuel vapor to accumulate near hot surfaces and lead to fire under the hood. The recall covers about 520,000 vehicles in the United States and 114,000 in other countries. The recall also includ...
    Ford signs strategic partnership with Manufacture 2030 to help suppliers meet carbon reduction targets
    Ford Motor Company has signed a strategic partnership with Manufacture 2030 in an attempt to help its suppliers meet their carbon reduction targets toward its overarching goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 globally, and by 2035 in Europe, the carmaker said on 15 November 2022. Manufacture 2030 or M2030 is designed to help suppliers measure, manage, and reduce carbon emissions. Ford claims that while it is among the first US automakers to sign a partnership agreement with M2030, i...
    CerebrumX to use Ford connected vehicle data for usage-based insurance
    CerebrumX Lab has said that it will incorporate Ford connected vehicle data to support its usage-based insurance (UBI) as-a-Service model for insurers, in a press release on 14 November. It uses embedded telematics for eligible Ford and Lincoln connected vehicles. “By opting into usage-based insurance, Ford and Lincoln owners can be rewarded for their good driving habits with more personalized insurance offerings. CerebrumX’s platform creates another opportunity for Ford and Lincoln owner...
    Ford partners with J.D. Power Chromedata to expand vehicle build data coverage
    Ford Motor Company has partnered with J.D. Power ChromeData, under which the companies will use Ford and Lincoln vehicle build data for ChromeData VIN Descriptions, it said in a press release on 10 November. J.D. Power ChromeData provides vehicle data and software solutions. “For nearly three decades, ChromeData has set the standard for the most accurate, timely and complete vehicle data and content in the industry. Not only does Ford’s vehicle build data further expand the benefits of ou...
    Everledger launches Battery Passport Pilot with Ford
    Independent technology company focused on digital transparency Everledger announced on 25 October that it has launched the world-first battery passport pilot with Ford Motor Company with an aim of promoting responsible recycling of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. According to a media release issued by Everledger, the pilot project leverages its technology platform to track electric vehicle (EV) batteries throughout their lifecycle to ensure responsible management during use and recycling at ...
    Salzgitter and Ford to cooperate on issues related to green steel production
    German steel company Salzgitter announced via press release on 25 October that it had signed an MoU with Detroit automaker Ford to support a cooperation on issues of sustainable green steel production and green steel products. Sales Director at Salzgitter Flachstahl Phillip Meiser discussed the strategic importance of the partnership, stating, “This collaboration also shows that customers have confidence in SALCOS® as a route to green steelmaking, and perceive value added in the transforma...
    Tata Steel Nederland signs green steel supply agreement with Ford
    Dutch steelmaker Tata Steel Nederland announced via press release on 25 October that it had signed an MoU with automaker Ford for the supply of its Zeremis low-carbon footprint steel. According to the press release, the Zeremis steel will be supplied from Tata Steel’s Ijmuiden mill that is currently being transitioned to manufacture hydrogen-based low emission material. The carbon intensity of the steel produced at the site will be verified by independent assurance expert DNV. Ford Purch...
    Ford’s new research and innovation center in Atlanta to focus on software defined vehicles and AI
    Ford has opened a new Ford Atlanta Research and Innovation Center (FARIC) to drive digital transformation within the company with focus on software-defined connected vehicles and artificial intelligence (AI), it said in a press release on 13 October. Jim Buczkowski, executive director for Ford Research, Advanced Engineering, said, Ford is transitioning from a traditional automotive company to a digital products and services company driven by software innovation. There’s a high demand for te...
    IONITY, &Charge partner to improve EV charging experience for consumers in Europe
    Europe-based high power electric vehicle (EV) charging network Ionity announced on 27 September 2022 that the company is collaborating with technology provider &Charge with an intent to improve the EV charging experience for end consumers. It said that such a collaboration will give it access to direct customer feedback, thanks to &Charge's unique e-mobility app, where the EV drivers can rate the EV charging infrastructure in Europe by giving extensive feedback. The company said that ...
    Ford appoints ex-OSRAM executive Sam Wu as MD and COO for China operations
    US automaker Ford Motor Company has appointed Sam Wu as the new managing director and chief operating officer of Ford China, the company announced on 29 September 2022. Wu will join Ford China from 1 October 2022 and will be based in Shanghai and report to Ford China President Anning Chen, the company said in a statement Thursday. Wu has previously served in senior management roles in several major global companies across a broad range of industries. He will manage engineering, manufacturing,...
    Ford establishes a new EV-focused operating entity in China
    Detroit-based carmaker Ford Motor Company has set up a new operating subsidiary in China to scale up its efforts in the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) market, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 26 September 2022. Citing a company note posted on Ford China’s official WeChat account, the report said that Ford has established a company called Ford Electric Mach Technologies (FMeT). It said that FMeT is the first independent company established by a foreign automake...
    Ford restructures top deck to strengthen global supply chain management
    Ford Motor Company announced on 22 September 2022 that the automaker is restructuring its top deck with an aim to strengthen its internal combustion product line and transform the company’s global supply chain management. The said management changes are being done as part of the company’s Ford+ plan, which intends to accelerate growth and value creation with the development of breakthrough electric vehicles at scale. Ford has named Doug Field as the new chief advanced product development ...
    Ford breaks ground at BlueOval City, begins construction of its most advanced factory
    Ford Motor Company has officially broken ground at BlueOval City, the carmaker’s largest and most advanced auto production complex in its 119-year history, the company said on 23 September 2022. As the construction work at the 6-square-mile mega campus has begun, structural steel is erected less than one year after Ford and SK On announced their USD5.6 billion investment to build all-new electric trucks and advanced batteries for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles in West Tennessee, it said. ...
    Ford, partners research smartphone-based communication technology for vulnerable road user safety
    Ford has announced a partnership with Commsignia, PSS, Ohio State University, T-Mobile, and Tome Software to research on a scalable smartphone-based communication technology, which could potentially help warn drivers of pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users (VRUs). In a press release dated 19 September, the US automaker said that the concept smartphone app running on a pedestrian’s phone uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) messaging to communicate their location to a connected ...
    NAIAS 2022: Ford unveils seventh-generation Mustang with immersive digital cockpit
    Ford has unveiled the seventh-generation Mustang with a fighter jet–inspired cockpit, it said in a press release on 14 September. The vehicle features two flowing and curved displays. Its 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster can be customized to display different animated designs and a new drive-mode dependent visuals. The car’s current setup is displayed on the center stack and allows for settings to be adjusted by swiping the graphic to rotate the car virtually. Significance: Mustang...
    NAIAS 2022: Ford reveals seventh-generation Mustang with all-new 5L, 2.3L gasoline engines
    Ford Motor Company has revealed the seventh-generation Mustang models with powerful engine options at the ongoing North American International Auto Show in Detroit, US on 14 September 2022. Referring to their new powertrains as the most advanced and athletic engines ever, Ford’s Mustang GT is powered by the fourth-generation 5L Coyote V8 engine, which features an innovative dual-air intake box and dual-throttle body design, that helps minimize induction loss by enabling higher air flow rates. ...
    Ford begins operations at new Global Technology and Business Center in Mexico
    Ford has announced that it began operations at its new global Technology and Business Center (GTBC) in Naucalpan, State of Mexico, MexicoNow reported on 13 September.   Significance: This campus will consist of corporate offices focused on information technology activities and processes, supply chain, engineering, and human resources, as well as capabilities for software development, data analytics, and automation efforts. The development underlines the automakers’ commitment to c...
    Ford adds BlueCruise driver assist with hands-free lane changing
    Ford Motor Company has updated the hands-free driving feature by launching BlueCruise 1.2 and Lincoln ActiveGlide 1.2 with new features including hands-free lane changing and system updates to create more of a human-like driving feel, according to a press release announcement on 12 September 2022. Around 75,000 Ford and Lincoln owners signed up for BlueCruise and ActiveGlide together, and as of the end of August, they had driven more than 16 million miles while hands-free. Available BlueCr...
    Ford recalls 198,000 vehicles in the US over fire risks
    Ford Motor has recalled 198,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States due to risks of catching fire, Reuters reported on 1 September. The vehicles affected are model year (MY) 2015–17 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models. The American automaker will replace the blower motor assembly. Ford also said it was recalling 1,175 units of MY2022 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles because the right-rear axle half shafts may have been manufactured improperly and a part co...
    Ford recalls around 277,000 vehicles in the US over visibility issue with rear view camera
    Ford will recall more than 277,000 pickup trucks and cars in the United States over issues with rear view camera lens, Associated Press reported on 31 August. The rear-view camera lens can reportedly get cloudy and reduce visibility for the driver. Ford is recalling select model year (MY) 2017–20 F-250, 350, and 450 trucks and Lincoln Continental. The recalled vehicles have a 360° camera system. Significance: Ford says the anti-reflective lens on the cameras can degrade, causing a clo...
    Ford develops projection warning headlights to enhance night driving
    Ford Europe has developed new headlight projection lighting system to ensure safe driving at night and low-lit conditions, the automaker said in a press release on 15 August. Lars Junker, features and software, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Ford of Europe, said, “What started as playing around with a projector light and a blank wall could take lighting technologies to a whole new level. There’s the potential now to do so much more than simply illuminate the road ahead, to help reduc...
    QUT research with Ford looks at optimal use of cameras in autonomous mobility
    Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) robotics division has worked together with Ford Motor in discovering a method which tells an autonomous vehicle, which cameras to use when navigating, an official statement on 8 August read. The research is part of a project looking at how cameras and lidar sensors, used in autonomous vehicles, can better understand its surroundings. “Autonomous vehicles depend heavily on knowing where they are in the world, using a range of sensors including ca...
    CATL to move ahead with its battery plant investments in North America
    Mainland China’s largest EV battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) will move forward with its plans of setting up a battery manufacturing plant in North America by 2026 and deliver lower-cost lithium iron phosphate (LFP-based) cell-to-pack or CTP batteries to the US automaker Ford Motor Company, a Reuters report published on 3 August 2022 said, citing a person aware of the matter. Reuters news report comes after Bloomberg News had reported on Tuesday that CATL ...
    Ford, Vale, and Huayou to set up 120,000-ton nickel plant in Indonesia
    Brazilian mining company Vale announced via press release on 21 July that it had signed a non-binding MoU with Chinese battery materials company Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt and Detroit automaker Ford to process nickel ore mined by Vale in Indonesia. According to the press release, the new refining plant, set to start operations in 2025, will produce 120,000 tons per annum of nickel-containing mixed hydroxide precipitate (MHP) that will be used downstream for battery cathode manufacturing. Ford ...
    Ford enhances F-150 and Mach-E technology offerings via Ford Power-Up software update
    Ford has announced that it is upgrading model year (MY) 2021 F-150 and Mach-E vehicles with Ford Power-Up software updates, according to an official press release on 28 July. Around 15,000 MY 2021 F-150 and Mach-E customers have already received Ford BlueCruise adoption with an additional 35,000 units in process. Currently around 66,500 customers can use the hands-free highway driving solution that launched in July 2021. “We are rapidly increasing the number of digital vehicles on the road ...
    NHTSA opens five investigations into Stellantis, Ford and General Motors vehicles over stalling issues
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened five investigations into more than 1.8 million vehicles manufactured by Stellantis, Ford Motor, and General Motors over stalling and other issues, Reuters reported on 26 July. The auto safety agency is investigating more than 21,000 model year (MY) 2019–21 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid vehicles over allegations of incidents of loss of power potentially due to transmission malfunction. The NHTSA is probing into 1.34 mil...
    BHP signs a multiyear nickel supply deal with Ford
    Anglo-Australian mining company BHP announced via press release on 21 July the company had signed a multiyear nickel supply agreement with Detroit-based automaker Ford. According to the press release, supply of the material could start as early as 2025 and may involve additional commodities in the future. BHP stated that it was exploring options to supply Ford with nickel from its Nickel West asset in Western Australia that produces one of the most-sustainable and lowest-carbon-intens...
    Ford, Rio Tinto to set up sustainable supply chains for lithium, aluminum, and copper
    Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto announced via press release on 21 July that it had signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Detroit automaker Ford to develop sustainable and secure supply chains for battery and low-carbon materials that will be used in future Ford vehicles. According to the press release, the partnership between the two companies will involve the mining company supplying materials including lithium, low-carbon aluminum, and copper. While the a...
    Ioneer to supply Ford with 7,000 metric tons per annum of lithium carbonate from 2025
    Australian mining company Ioneer announced via press release on 21 July that it had signed a binding offtake agreement for supply of lithium carbonate with Detroit automaker Ford. According to the press release, the company will supply Ford’s BlueOval SK battery manufacturing facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky, United States with 7,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate annually from its Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron operation in Nevada. Supply will initiate from 2025 and will continue for a...
    SK On, Ford, and EcoPro BM to set up new cathode material site in North America
    South Korean battery manufacturing company SK On announced via press release on 22 July that the company will be partnering with Detroit automaker Ford and South Korean cathode material manufacturer EcoPro BM to set up a new cathode material plant in North America. According to the press release, cathode material produced at the site is expected to be supplied to BlueOval SK, a battery manufacturing joint venture (JV) established earlier this month between Ford and SK On. Significance...
    Ford plans to produce over 2 million EVs by end-2026, signs LFP battery supply pact with CATL
    Michigan-based automaker Ford Motor Company has signed a nonbinding MoU with the world’s largest battery maker, China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Ltd. (CATL) to explore a cooperation for sourcing electric vehicle (EV) batteries across the European, North American and Chinese markets, Ford announced on 21 July 2022. Ford said that CATL will supply full lithium iron phosphate or LFP battery packs for Mustang Mach-E models for North America starting next year as well as F-150...
    Ford Motor upgrades Cologne plant to produce electric cars in Europe
    Ford Motor Company’s Cologne-based manufacturing plant in Germany is being prepared to produce electric cars in Europe at a time when the assembly lines at the unit are idle on account of factory vacation, the automaker said on 15 July 2022.   The company said that the vehicle assembly lines at the Cologne plant are slated to remain idle until 1 August 2022 on account of factory vacation. However, vacation is being utilized by the company in retooling and expanding capacity to produce ...
    Ford Motor, SK On conclude EV battery joint venture in the US
    Ford Motor Company and its South Korean battery partner SK Innovation have concluded their agreement of setting up a joint venture (JV), BlueOval SK LLC, for building electric vehicle (EV) battery production plants in the US, a Reuters report published on 14 July 2022 said. The JV company is slated to establish a battery plant for EVs in Tennessee and two other facilities in Kentucky, the report said, citing a regulatory filing by the Ford Motor Company. BlueOval SK is expected to have a prod...
    Ford recalls over 100,000 vehicles in the US owing to the risk of under-hood fires
    Ford has recalled select model year (MY) 2020–22 Escape, Maverick, and Corsair cars owing to the risk of under-hood fires, The Verge reported on 10 July. The recall affects over 100,000 vehicles in the US, all of which are hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Ford has reportedly said that the printed circuit boards are susceptible to an electrical short leading to engine fires even when the ignition is not on. The company says it has reports of 21 fires and one injury. Significance: In...
    Liontown Resources signs a binding offtake agreement with Ford Motor Company
    Perth-based lithium mining company Liontown Resources Limited has signed a binding offtake agreement as well as a funding facility with the American automaker Ford Motor Company, Liontown announced on 29 June 2022. The company said that the offtake agreement with Ford entails supply of up to 150,000 dry metric tons (DMT) per annum of spodumene concentrate—a source of lithium essential in key electric vehicle (EV) battery chemistries. The said spodumene concentrate will be supplied from...
    Wejo partners with Ford in Europe for insurance products based on connected vehicle data
    Wejo Group has collaborated with Ford Motor Company in Europe in which the data company will access to personalized connected vehicle data from Ford vehicles, it said in a press release on 28 June. This will then be used by insurance providers that offer end-to-end insurance, to better understand driving behaviors. “Providing actionable data insights to insurance providers is another example of how Wejo is expanding into additional markets and demonstrating new use cases for OEMs and insura...
    Ford Motor plans to assemble new generation EVs in Valencia, Spain for Europe
    US carmaker Ford Motor has selected its plant located in Valencia, Spain as the suitable facility to assemble vehicles based on its next generation electric vehicle (EV) architecture for Europe, the company announced on 22 June 2022. “Pending product approval, the Valencia plant could produce breakthrough electric and connected vehicles beginning later this decade,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. Furthermore, the maker of Mustang Mach-E cars said that it is moving forward w...
    Ford recalls vehicles in North America citing roll away concerns in ‘park’ position
    Ford is recalling vehicles in the US and Canada that can roll away due to a faulty or missing component that prevents the vehicle from shifting into the intended gear or when the driver selects the ‘park’ position, Reuters reported on 15 June. According to a filing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), recall includes various model year (MY) 2013–19 Escape, MY 2013–18 C-Max, MY 2013–16 Fusion, MY 2013–21 Transit Connect and MY 2015–18 Edge vehicles....
    Ford recalls around 49,000 Mustang Mach-Es over safety defect resulting in power loss
    Ford Motor is recalling about 49,000 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States caused by an overheating issue, which could result in a loss of propulsion power, Reuters reported on 14 June. DC fast charging and repeated wide-open pedal events could cause the battery main contactors to overheat. The affected vehicles were built between May 2020 and May 2022 and Ford expects to release a software update from next month. Significance: The overheating could lead to arcing and de...
    Solid Power plans to ship first solid-state battery cells to BMW, Ford by end-2022
    Solid Power, Inc., a leading developer of solid-state battery cells for electric vehicles, announced on 6 June 2022 that it plans to ship solid-state battery cells to BMW and Ford Motor Company by the end of 2022 as part of automotive qualification testing. However, prior to that the company plans to produce silicon EV cells for its internal testing before delivering these cells to the automakers, it said. To produce these innovative and high-performance battery cells, Solid Power has complet...
    Ford plans to invest USD3.7 billion across Michigan, Ohio and Missouri plants
    The maker of all-electric F-150 Lightning pick-up trucks Ford Motor Company has announced that it plans to invest USD3.7 billion on its manufacturing facilities located in Michigan, Ohio and Missouri in the US as part of its strategy to increase production capacity for electric vehicles (EVs) and develop new cars while creating new jobs, it said on 2 June 2022. Ford also said that it, along with the United Auto Workers, plans to add more than 6,200 new manufacturing jobs in the Midwest, conve...
    Avanci enters patent license agreement for wireless technologies with Ford Motor
    Avanci has announced a patent license agreement with Ford Motor Company, according to a company press release dated 31 May. Under the agreement, Ford will have access to all 4G, 3G, and 2G standard essential patents provided by the 49 participating patent holders through Avanci's licensing program. The agreement will also cover the portfolios of patent holders who could join Avanci later. “Avanci extends a warm welcome to Ford, one of the world's leading automakers. Ford is the fifth US aut...
    Tata Motors acquires Ford’s Sanand factory in Gujarat, India to expand production
    Indian automaker Tata Motors’ subsidiary Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd (TPEML) has signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ford India Pvt Ltd (FIPL) and the Government of Gujarat for acquiring the latter’s passenger vehicle manufacturing plant in Sanand, Gujarat, news publication Business Standard reported on 31 May 2022. It said that the acquisition of Ford’s manufacturing unit by Tata Motors would help the automaker expand capacity to make passenger cars as well...
    German court bans sales and production of connected Ford vehicles
    A court in Germany has banned the sales and production of Ford connected cars, Reuters reported on 21 May. The decision is part of a lawsuit over the violation of wireless technology patents. While the verdict by the Munich regional court is not legally binding and can be appealed, an EUR227 million (USD240 million) security payment by the plaintiff, Japan's IP Bridge, was required for it to become "provisionally enforceable." “Reason of this court case is the licensing of standard-...
    Ford commits to 10% of steel and aluminum purchases to be near-zero carbon by 2030
    Detroit automaker Ford announced via press release on 25 May that it was committing to purchase a minimum of 10% near-zero carbon neutral steel and aluminum by 2030 as part of its new membership within the First Movers Coalition global initiative. The Coalition aims to harness purchasing power and supply chains to create early markets for innovative clean energy technologies. According to the press release, in addition to the changes to its 2030 procurement strategy, the company is also ta...
    Ford trials connected vehicle technology using geofencing in Germany
    Ford has announced that it is trialing connected vehicle technology using geofencing, according to its press release on 24 May. Ford’s Geofencing Speed Limit Control system could help drivers avoid speeding fines and make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users (VRUs). “Connected vehicle technology has the proven potential to help make everyday driving easier and safer to benefit everyone, not just the person behind the wheel. Geofencing can ensure speeds ar...
    Ford recalls select Mustang Mach-E EVs over software issue
    Ford has recalled 464 dual-motor all-wheel-drive (AWD) Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles (EVs) due to software snag which could result in the EV entering “a speed limited state.” According to the CNET report on 23 May, the recall affects 464 vehicles manufactured from model year (MY) 2021 onward. Significance: The software issue is related to the powertrain control module, which contains the electronics that help deliver power to the wheels. Ford has announced that it would remedy the situ...
    Ford recalls F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks in the US over faulty driver’s airbag
    Ford Motor is recalling more than 310,000 F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks citing faulty driver’s airbag that may not deploy during an impact, Autoevolution reported on 19 May. The faulty deployment is due to dust ingress into the steering wheel resulting in friction at the clock spring ribbon cable that rotates with the wheel. This electrical power outage can disrupt several functions including driver’s airbag. Significance: Last year, an issue with the steering wheel lock of a Ford Sup...
    BMW joins Ford, GM in DTE Energy’s Smart Charge Program
    DTE Energy has announced that the German automaker BMW has joined General Motors and Ford Motor Company in the second year of the DTE Smart Charge program, an initiative to optimize electric vehicle (EV) charging to help reduce stress on the energy grid, according to a press release published by DTE Energy on 9 May. John Boladian, director of Energy Efficiency at DTE, said, “We are excited to bring BMW into this collaborative pilot. Its participation will help us further the DTE Smart Charg...
    Ford recalls over 250,000 units of Explorer SUVs in US over driveshaft issue
    Ford Motor Co. has announced a recall for more than 250,000 Explorer sport utility vehicles (SUVs), citing a faulty driveshaft that when parked into shift can roll away unexpectedly, The Associated Press reported on 29 April. The roll away is caused by the rear axle horizontal mounting bolt that may fracture and cause the driveshaft to disconnect.      The affected vehicles include certain model year (MY) 2020–22 Explorer Hybrids, MY2020–21 Ford Explorer Interceptor Hy...
    Ford to suspend production at Flat Rock plant amid chip shortage
    Ford Motor Co. has announced that the automaker will suspend production at its Flat Rock plant in Michigan, US, where it assembles the Mustang citing shortage of semiconductor chips, Reuters reported on 28 April. The automaker has delayed shipping of 53,000 vehicles as it awaits final parts held up due to chip shortage, report added.   Significance: A global chip crisis has impacted companies ranging from consumer electronics to automobile manufacturers, prompting several automakers t...
    Ford Motors begins mass production of F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck
    Michigan based automaker Ford Motor Company announced on 16 April 2022 that the company has started mass production of its first ever electric pick-up truck, the all-new F-150 Lightning at its Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, located within Ford’s historic Rouge Complex. The company said that the F-150 Lightning is the fastest-accelerating F-150 yet and is also the only full-size electric pickup available in the US with a starting price less than USD40,000. Commenting on the commencement of F...
    Ford recalls 652,996 pickups, SUVs in US over faulty windshield wipers
    Ford has issued a recall for 652,996 vehicles in the United States over inoperable windshield wipers, saying the wiper arms may break and detach from the vehicle, Automotive News reported on 21 April. The faulty wipers include both the driver- and passenger-side wiper arms.   The recall affects model year (MY) 2020–21 Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition, the MY2020–22 Ford Super Duty, and the MY2020–21 Lincoln Navigator. Significance: Owners of the affected vehicles will be noti...
    Ford Motor’s luxury car arm Lincoln to launch four all-new electric cars by 2026
    Ford Motor Company’s luxury car arm Lincoln plans to launch three all-electric vehicles by 2025 and fourth all-electric model by the end of 2026, the company said on the sidelines of global debut of the Lincoln Star concept on 20 April 2022. The concept of electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) Star sets the direction of the luxury car brand’s future electric vehicles (EVs), the company said. Referring to the Lincoln Star concept, Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company said, “T...
    Ford Europe joins RSCI, Catena-X Automotive network to create sustainable supply chain
    Ford of Europe announced that the automaker has signed on to two key supply chain initiatives, which aim to establish industry standards for data-sharing between partners and the assessment of sustainability of production sites, according to a press release published by the automaker on 19 April. Werner Pütz, VP, Purchasing, Ford of Europe, said, “Responsible, transparent and sustainable supply chains are key for a successful change in the automotive industry as we move towards an electrif...
    Ford inks lithium supply deal with Lake Resources in Argentina
    Ford Motor has signed a preliminary deal to purchase lithium from a Lake Resources facility in Argentina, Reuters reported on 11 April. The development marks the first time Ford has announced its source for the electric vehicle (EV) battery metal, according to the report.  General Motors, BMW, Stellantis, and other automakers have inked supply deals of their own with companies planning to use direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology. Ford spokesperson Jennifer Flake, said, "This is ...
    Ford vehicles with Amazon Alexa get enhanced car control functions
    Ford has announced that customers whose cars feature Amazon Alexa built-in can teach the voice assistant to perform functions based on preferred phrasing due to enhanced Car Control capabilities, a company press release dated 7 April read. The feature uses Alexa’s teachable AI technology. Customers will be able to teach Alexa their way of speaking like if they say, “Alexa, its cold,” it will ask questions like “I can increase the temperature by 5 degrees or turn off the AC. What shoul...
    Apple Maps with EV Routing to feature in Ford Mach-E models via Carplay
    Ford Mustang Mach-E owners will be able to use Apple Maps’ electric vehicle (EV) routing, The Verge reported on 21 March. The feature looks at charge level, elevation, and compatible charging stops along the route. MY2022 Mach-E vehicles will have the option to leverage EV route planning using CarPlay. Significance: Multiple companies have tied up with OEMs to track EV charging stations along the route and contain information such as number of slots, and distance. A Better Route Planner, EV...
    Ford recalls 737,000 vehicles in US over issues on software and oil leak
    Ford Motor is set to recall 737,000 vehicles in the United States due to a software snag that could affect braking and a faulty engine oil separator housing that could crack and develop an oil leak potentially leading to an engine fire, Reuters reported on 1 April. The US carmaker is reportedly recalling 345,451 MY2020–22 Ford Escape vehicles and MY2021-2022 Ford Bronco Sport vehicles with 1.5L engines. Ford is also recalling 391,836 MY 2021–22 F-150 units, MY 2022 Ford Maverick, Expediti...
    Ford to halt production at Michigan plant in US due to semiconductor shortage
    Ford Motor Company will suspend their production at the Michigan plant due to parts and semiconductor shortages, according to a report published by Reuters on 31 March 2021. The company is going to halt production in the coming week at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which produces the Mustang, owing to a global semiconductor shortage. Based in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford Motor Company stated that manufacturing at its other North American factories will continue as usual. Significance: The a...
    Magna expands battery enclosure business to support supplies to Ford F-150 Lightning
    Canadian automotive supplier Magna International said on 30 March 2022 that the company is expanding its operations that are of its St. Thomas based facility into the Chatham unit to support a new business from Ford Motor Company. The ongoing expansion comprises a new 170,000-square-foot facility in Chatham where it plans to make electric vehicle (EV) battery enclosures for Ford’s all-new electric pickup F-150 Lightning and is expected to create up to 150 new jobs, the company said. “With...
    Ford forms unit to work on autonomous driving and new technologies
    A Bloomberg report dated 24 March has stated that US carmaker Ford has rejigged its internal operations and created a unit late last year to accelerate the development of autonomous vehicles and new technologies. The report states that CEO Jim Farley was instrumental in executing the formation of the unit Ford Next last year, which contains Ford’s stake in autonomous-auto startup Argo AI. The report also goes on to add that its newly formed joint venture (JV) with ADT called Canopy has dire...
    Ford to ship Explorer SUVs without chips that power rear air-conditioning controls
    Ford will deliver new Explorer without certain semiconductor chips resulting in the vehicle losing its rear heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controls and hence will be sold at a reduced price, Automotive News reported on 12 March. Consumers will be able to visit their dealership within a year to receive the necessary semiconductor chips to bring up offline features, according to the report.    Significance: A global chip crisis has impacted companies ranging from co...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Semiconductor shortage disrupts Ford's vehicle production in Europe
    The United States based Ford Motor Company’s vehicle production has been disrupted by the global semiconductor shortage and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, according to a report published by Reuters on 21 March 2022. The US carmaker said that it will shut its German operations in Saarlouis and Cologne plants, owing mostly to a global chip shortage. As a result, it has ceased accepting new orders for the S-Max and Galaxy automobiles manufactured in Valencia, Spain. A Volkswagen plant in P...
    Volkswagen, Ford Motor deepen collaboration on MEB EV platform
    Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group plan to expand their electric mobility partnership as the US carmaker aims to produce another electric model for the European market based on VW’s MEB platform, the German company said on 14 March 2022. VW’s MEB platform, also known as modular electric toolkit, was designed as an open vehicle platform that allows the car manufacturers to electrify their portfolio quickly and cost-effectively. Notably, Ford and VW had first signed the agreement in 2019 ...
    Ford Motor announces plan to launch seven new electric, connected vehicles in Europe by 2024
    Announcing its EV roadmap for Europe on 14 March 2022, Ford Motor Company said it plans to launch a new generation of seven, all-electric, fully connected passenger vehicles and vans by 2024. The announcement builds on the company’s latest decision of creating a new unit, Ford Model e, focusing on the carmaker’s electrification efforts. The company’s plan to expand its EV portfolio in Europe is made public after it launched its all-electric Mach-E in 2021. The company has slated the introd...
    SK-On, Ford and Koc Holding sign MoU to set up EV battery production plant in Turkey
    SK On and Ford Motor Company have expanded their EV battery alliance to Europe as the two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Koc Holding to establish a joint venture (JV) for production of EV batteries in Turkey, SK On said on 14 March 2022. SK On, which is the EV battery focused unit of the South Korean energy company SK Innovation, had forged an alliance with Ford Motor with an aim to establish one of the largest battery JVs in the US last year. The SK On – For...
    Ford Motor launches an all-new suite of commercial chargers for electric vehicles
    Ford Motor Company has launched an all-new suite of commercial chargers for electric vehicles (EVs) with an aim to provide a smooth transition to its customers looking to purchase EVs, the company said on 8 March 2022. Under its Ford Pro service umbrella, the company said it plans to provide a one-stop shop for all EV charging–related services to its customers. The new launch of EV chargers includes six new home and depot chargers that make Ford Pro offer end-to-end portfolio of charging so...
    Verisk partners with Ford to offer connected car data in Europe
    Verisk has partnered with Ford Motor, under which Verisk will offer standardized telematics data from connected Ford vehicles in Europe to assist insurers with assessing driving behavior, and developing usage-based insurance programs, the company said in a press release on 8 March. The service will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. “Verisk has pioneered the use of data from connected cars for insurance, helping thousands of drivers receive insurance that is tailored...
    Ford Motor restructures operations, creates distinct business units for EVs and ICE vehicles
    Restructuring its business operations with an intent to accelerate the development of electric and connected vehicles while leveraging its popular nameplates and strengthen its operating performance, taking full advantage of engineering and industrial capabilities, Ford Motor Company said on 2 March 2022 that it plans to create distinct business units for EVs and ICE vehicles. The company said that it is creating two distinct but strategically independent auto businesses namely—Ford Blue and F...
    OCTO Telematics partners with Ford for data management services in Europe
    OCTO Telematics has extended its partnership with Ford Motor Company for data streaming services in Europe, the company said in a press release on 25 February. Using Ford’s connected vehicle data, OCTO will enhance its telematics services in insurance and analytical services in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. “We are pleased to extend the Ford relationship into the EU market to leverage their connected vehicle technology to enhance insurance risk scoring for insurer...
    Ford tests directional audio driver alerts in Europe
    Ford is testing a smart driver alert technology that could indicate the direction from which vehicles or pedestrians are approaching, Green Car Congress reported on 20 February. Ford is testing sounds such as bicycle bells, footsteps and vehicle noises to warn drivers when road users are nearby. “Today’s warning tones already inform drivers when they need to take care and be vigilant. Tomorrow’s technology could alert us to both exactly what the hazard is and where it is coming from,”...
    Redwood Materials teams up with Ford, Volvo to recycle EV batteries in California
    Battery recycling startup Redwood Materials announced on 17 February 2022 that it has teamed up with Ford Motor Company and Volvo Cars as it launched its EV battery recycling program, beginning in California, US. The startup aims to establish efficient, safe, and effective recovery pathways for the end-of-life hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) battery packs, it said. “Ford Motor Company and Volvo Cars are the first automakers to directly support the program, but we will accept all lithium-io...
    Canada truck protest’s forces Toyota, Ford, and Stellantis to halt operations
    Automakers Toyota, Ford and Stellantis have halted some production as anti-COVID-19 mandate protestors blocked the US-Canada border crossing, reported Reuters on 10 February. Copycat protests spread to New Zealand, France, and Australia. Jen Psaki White House spokesperson, said, "I think it's important for everyone in Canada and the United States to understand what the impact of this blockage is—potential impact—on workers, on the supply chain, and that is where we're most focused," Si...
    Siemens, Ford collaborate on customized EV chargers for F-150 Lightning electric pickup
    Siemens eMobility announced on 9 February 2022 that the company has worked with Ford Motor Company on Ford Charge Station Pro, which is a custom electric vehicle (EV) charger for the automaker’s all-new pure electric pickup truck, the Ford F-150 Lightning. Siemens eMobility said that the innovative charger is the first bidirectional charging solution set for release at retail customer scale to receive certification under the newly expanded Underwriters Laboratories 9741, which is an importa...
    Ford launches full-fledged design center in Shanghai
    Ford’s new China Design Center reflects the automakers’ commitment to its China 2.0 plan to deliver “Best of Ford, Best of China” vehicles and customer experience, the company said in a press release on 17 January. The design center expands Ford’s existing studio to incorporate a showroom and in-house clay model workshop, making Ford the first OEM to operate and design a full-fledge center in central Shanghai, Ford said. Anning Chen, president and CEO of Ford China, said, “Under o...
    Ford Motor Company partners Sunrun on EV charging, home energy management solutions
    Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Sunrun, a leading solar energy company, to enhance home energy management, leveraging the onboard battery capability of the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck, the company said on 2 February. “F-150 Lightning brings new innovations to customers, including the ability to power their homes when they need it most. Teaming up with Sunrun leverages their expertise to bring solar power to even more customers, giving them the chance to turn their truck ...
    Ford plans additional investments of up to USD20 billion to accelerate EV transition
    Ford Motor Company is planning a major restructuring and as part of that the company could make an additional investment of up to USD20 billion to accelerate transition to electric vehicles, Bloomberg reported on 2 February, citing sources familiar with the carmaker’s electric vehicle (EV) plans. The report also added that the expected investments would come on top of the amount Ford has already committed for EV development. Last year, the maker of Bronco sport utility vehicles (SUVs) ...
    Ford recalls 200,000 vehicles in the US over brake lights issue
    Ford will recall around 200,000 vehicles in the US over a brake light issue, the Associated Press reported on 19 January. The report says Ford is recalling the models to fix a problem that can stop the brake lights from turning off. The recall covers certain MY 2014 and 2015 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize vehicles as well as some MY 2015 Mustangs. The models were either sold or registered in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virgini...
    Ford selects Telenav’s SmartHorizon application to enable ADAS features in its vehicles
    Telenav has announced that American carmaker Ford Motor Company has selected its SmartHorizon application to enable critical advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features in vehicles in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, a company press release dated 20 January read. SmartHorizon includes Intelligent Speed Assist, which has been mandated for driver safety by EU regulations for all newly manufactured light vehicles starting in 2022. “Driver safety is paramount in the aut...
    Ford and ADT to form JV for vehicle security solutions
    Ford has announced that it will form a new joint venture (JV) with ADT, a company press release dated 18 January read. The JV will be called Canopy and will combine ADT’s professional security monitoring and Ford’s artificial intelligence (AI)–driven video camera technology. Canopy will launch multi-sensor security systems early next year. The first products will be sold in the United States and the United Kingdom for its pickups and vans, including the Ford F-150, F-150 Light...
    Ford equips Mach-E GT Performance Edition with Pirelli P Zero tires
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced via press release on 11 January that it will be equipping the new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition with its Ultra High Performance (UHP) P Zero tire. According to Pirelli, the tire it will fit on the electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) was designed using the company’s ‘perfect fit’ philosophy through a collaboration with the Detroit automaker. According to the press release, the P Zero tires accommodate the requirements...
    Ford recalls nearly 200,000 older models over faulty brake pedal modules
    Ford is recalling close to 200,000 older-model vehicles due to potential separated brake pedal bumper according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Automotive News said on 19 January. Some of the affected models include MY 2014–15 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, and certain MY 2015 Mustangs Significance: Based on the NHTSA’s report, Automotive News said that the malfunction caused by the faulty brake pedal bumper will cause the lights to illuminate continuously there...
    Ford signs agreement with Stripe to scale up its e-commerce capabilities
    Ford Motor Company has signed a five-year agreement with Stripe to scale its e-commerce business, the automaker said in a press release on 17 January. Stripe and Ford will grow the online payments infrastructure, serving customers and dealers in the North American and European markets. “As part of the Ford+ plan for growth and value creation, we are making strategic decisions about where to bring in providers with robust expertise and where to build the differentiated, always-on experiences...
    Ford Motor plans to ramp up F-150 Lightning production capacity
    Ford Motor Company plans to further ramp up production of its all-electric pick-up F-150 Lightning at its Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, nearly doubling the capacity to 150,000 trucks per year to meet the high demand, the company said on 4 January 2022. “With nearly 200,000 reservations, our teams are working hard and creatively to break production constraints to get more F-150 Lightning trucks into the hands of our customers,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of The Americas &a...
    Ford begins deliveries of Mustang Mach-E in China
    Ford Motor Company has commenced delivering its all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV in China, the carmaker said on 26 December 2021. The locally produced Mustang Mach-E is being sold Ford China’s BEV division’s growing network of direct-to-customer stores. The company’s direct-to-customer stores are currently located in major Chinese metropolitan markets, it added. Ford China’s BEV division currently has 25 such stores dedicated to the sale of Ford EVs in the world’s largest EV market. ...
    Ford ties up with NavInfo for location-based services
    NavInfo has tied up with Ford to co-develop Location Based Services platform for future intelligent connected vehicles, NewsBreak reported on 27 December. The companies will build on NavInfo’s capabilities to conduct LBS-related applications, data analysis, and model training to build an ecosystem of data collection, transmission, storage, application, and service. Significance: NavInfo is a major mapping solutions provider in mainland China. The company supplies its navigation solutions to...
    Ford recalls Bronco Sports and Escapes over faulty rear-brake-lining issue
    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safety Recall Report 21V-922 submitted on 23 November, Detroit automaker Ford Motors is recalling 114,996 vehicles, specifically model year (MY) 21 and MY 22 Bronco Sport and Escape models, over a faulty rear-brake-lining issue. According to the report, the affected vehicles have been equipped with rear brake linings that have a coefficient of friction that is outside of the specified tolerances. Additionally, the brake v...
    Ford highlights vehicle-to-vehicle charging capabilities in F-150 Lightning pickup trucks
    Demonstrating vehicle-to-vehicle charging capabilities on its all-new F-150 Lightning pickup truck on 21 December 2021, Ford Motor Company said that with the available Pro Power Onboard, the owners of the 2022 F-150 Lightning and F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid trucks can help other electric vehicle (EV) owners looking for extra miles. “With the all-electric F-150 Lightning, customers can take service to another level by ‘sharing’ miles with other electric vehicles—those built by Ford and oth...
    Ford introduces zero-carbon EV home charging initiative in California
    Ford Motor Company is introducing a new sustainable EV charging program that offers the plug-in EV owners in California to opt for carbon-neutral charging at home, reducing their carbon footprint in the process, the company announced on 17 December 2021. The maker of F-150 Lightning electric pickup said that the company is choosing to participate in the California Air Resource Board (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to offer its customers a new way to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emi...
    Chip shortage: Automakers’ plan to ensure supply of chips and guide their design
    Ford Motor took a step toward in addressing the chip shortage challenge in November, announcing a collaboration that will allow GlobalFoundries (GF) to increase supplies of semiconductors for Ford for its current vehicle lineup, as well as research and development (R&D) purposes. Ford already purchases chips from the company, but the new collaboration allows for more direct discussions, which could speed up manufacturing and purchasing. This is also an example of the OEMs working to avoid lo...
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