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    Rising interest in active dampers despite challenges in achieving precision
    Evolution of active damping systems: The automotive industry is undergoing significant changes driven by safety regulations, emissions standards and consumer demands for comfort. Key trends include a shift to electric mobility, integrated safety features and autonomous driving. This evolution is reshaping the role of active damping systems, which are transitioning from stand-alone to fully integrated and networked systems. As vehicles become more automated, the discomfort and motion sickne...
    How will mainland China’s graphite export curbs impact battery demand
    In an ever-evolving trade war between two of the world’s largest economies, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced on Oct. 20, 2023, that it would deploy a temporary export control measure on graphite, a critical raw material used in manufacturing batteries. The measure was later implemented as a state policy on Dec. 1, 2023. Mainland China’s implementation of the graphite export control policy came about four months after it had announced restrictions on exports of germanium and galliu...
    Ford opens new propulsion development laboratory in the UK
    Ford Motor Co. has opened a new propulsion development laboratory at its UK headquarters in Essex, the company announced Feb. 14. The £24 million facility was inaugurated by UK Transport Minister Anthony Browne Member of Parliament (MP) as part of a site-wide tour and hands-free, feet-free drive of the Ford Mustang Mach-E with BlueCruise, the company said. The company added that the minister saw electric vehicle powertrain components intensively tested with speeds and loads to accelerat...
    Suppliers to Chevrolet Traverse
    The Chevrolet Traverse is produced at at the GM Lansing Delta Assembly Plant in Delta Township. Production of the car is expected to peak at 142127 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility.     Image Source: Chevrolet Suppliers to Chevrolet Traverse COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Spring Seat Isolators Vibracoustic Upper and Lower Body Structure Multimatic Tubular Stabilizer Bars M...
    Ford plans to offer complimentary Tesla Supercharger adapter to eligible EV customers
    US automaker Ford Motor Co. plans to offer a complimentary fast-charging adapter to its customers to help them get access to Tesla’s Supercharging network across the US and Canada, the company said Jan. 31. Confirming the same, Ford President and CEO Jim Farley tweeted, “When we announced that Ford EVs would get access to Tesla Superchargers, I said we'd send customers a fast-charging adapter. I'm pleased to confirm that eligible Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning owners in the US and Can...
    Ford recalls 2.24 million Explorer SUVs worldwide over trim-retention clips
    US automaker Ford Motor is recalling 2.24 million older Explorer sport utility vehicles (SUVs) worldwide because the trim retention clips may not be properly engaged, according to a Reuters report dated Jan. 25. The recall includes 1.89 million SUVs in the US and covers 2011 through 2019 model-year vehicles because the trim could detach, said the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The automaker, however, said it was unaware of any reports of crashes or injuries re...
    Ford unveils in-house digital experience software suite for improved integration and speed
    US automaker Ford has unveiled its new digital experience software suite, called Ford and Lincoln Digital Experience, which will be available on the recently launched Nautilus and soon on other vehicles. The automaker developed this in-house operating system to improve integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and to offer high-speed and highly customizable software, CBTNews reported Jan. 22. The system features a windshield-wide dashboard screen with no touch-sensitive controls but in...
    Ford to recall select EcoSport and Focus models for oil pump issue
    Ford has issued a recall for certain model years of the EcoSport crossover and Focus models owing to a faulty oil pump that can cause the engine to stall, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Jan. 15, as reported by Fox59. The issue increases the risk of a crash. The problem affects 139,730 vehicles, including the model year 2016–2018 Ford Focus and model year 2018–2022 Ford EcoSport. The affected vehicles are equipped with a turbocharged 1.0-liter, 3-cylinde...
    Ford is looking at ways to use olive trees to create auto parts
    US automaker Ford's engineers in Cologne, Germany, have launched an innovative research project to explore how food waste could be repurposed to create auto-part prototypes. They found the prototypes to be durable and believe that research such as this could enable lighter-weight parts that reduce the amount of plastic used in vehicle parts, reduce the carbon footprint of auto parts, and bring the company closer to its goal of using more recycled and renewable content in its vehicles, accor...
    Ford issues recall for 112,965 F-150 trucks
    US automaker Ford is recalling 112,965 F-150s pickup trucks because of a rear-axle hub bolt that can be a roll-away risk if it was damaged. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the recall affects F-150 vehicles with model years 2021 through 2023 that are equipped with the Trailer Tow Max Duty package, CNN reported Jan. 3, 2023. The agency’s alert said that the rear-axle hub bolt might “fatigue and break, which can result in damage to the axle hub splines.” Bec...
    Ford collaborates with Resideo Technologies to explore vehicle-to-home energy management
    Ford and Resideo are collaborating on a project to explore the benefits of pairing an F-150 Lightning electric vehicle with a Resideo smart thermostat, according to a company press release dated Dec. 7. The partnership will look assist customers with saving money with their monthly electric bills, reducing strain on the electric grid and enabling the use of cleaner energy. The project, called the EV-Home Power Partnership, will simulate the integration of the bidirectional-charging capab...
    Ford Pro, Xcel Energy partner to install 30,000 EV charging ports for fleets by 2030
    Ford Motor Co.’s commercial division Ford Pro has forged a unique collaboration with Xcel Energy to support the deployment of 30,000 electric vehicle charging ports for fleet customers, Ford announced Dec. 5. These EV chargers will be deployed in Xcel Energy service territories across the US by 2030 with most upfront costs offset by Xcel for qualifying business fleet customers, the company said in a statement on Dec. 5. “Ford Pro and Xcel Energy are launching the 30x30 initiative ...
    Ford to scale back jobs, investment plans for Marshall, Mich., EV battery plant
    Ford has reduced its commitment to a planned electric vehicle battery facility in Marshall, Mich., by cutting 800 jobs and over $1 billion from the original investment, Detroit Free Press reported Nov. 21. Despite the cuts, the company still intends to meet its goal of opening the plant by 2026. The announcement constitutes a change from the original plan, with the company now expecting to produce 20 GWh of batteries annually, representing a 42% reduction in output — approximately...
    Ford invests $281million in hybrid vehicle production in South Africa
    US automaker Ford has announced an investment of 5.2 billion South African rands (approximately $281 million) to produce a hybrid vehicle in South Africa, according to a Reuters report dated Nov. 9. The company is urging the government to expedite the development of an electric vehicle policy, as the UK and Europe have announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol cars by 2035, which poses an existential threat to South Africa's auto industry. Ford plans to produce its Ranger Plug-in Hybrid E...
    Ford Motor acquires energy startup Auto Motive Power
    Ford Motor Co. plans to acquire energy-management startup Auto Motive Power (AMP) to boost its electric vehicle charging, battery management and power-conversion technology capabilities, according to a news report published by TechCrunch on Nov. 2. Following the deal and completion of acquisition process, the Los Angeles-based startup will cease to exist, the report said, adding that Ford plans to scoop up the startup’s technology, talent and facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., to ad...
    Ford, Quantron to jointly develop hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles
    US legacy automaker Ford Motor Co. and Quantron AG, a specialist in sustainable passenger and freight transport, have signed a letter of intent (LoI) to cooperate on joint development of hydrogen fuel cell-propelled vehicles, according to a press note issued by Quantron on Nov. 2. Under the strategic cooperation between the two companies, Quantron’s technology including the driving range, e-axle, battery, fuel cell and tank integration, energy management and aerodynamics will be evaluated f...
    Blink, Francis Energy and Red E join Ford’s existing BlueOval Charge Network in North America
    Sharing updates on its electric vehicle charging ecosystem on Oct. 31, Ford Motor Co. said that it is growing its BlueOval Charge Network (BOCN) in North America by 25%, bringing the new network total to more than 106,000 EV chargers. The automaker is now adding three new charge point operators (CPOs) — Blink Charging, Francis Energy and Red E — to its BOCN in North America, offering its customers access to their EV charging points across the US and Canada. Blink Charging, Francis En...
    UAW reaches tentative deal with Ford, securing 25% wage hike and reversing concessions
    The United Auto Workers (UAW) reached a tentative labor deal with Ford Motor Co., the first of Detroit's Big Three car manufacturers to negotiate a settlement to strikes that have affected 45,000 workers since mid-September, Reuters reported October 26. The proposed agreement, which must still be approved by UAW leadership, provides for a 25% wage hike over the 4.5-year contract, starting with an initial increase of 11%. The deal would amount to total pay hikes of more than 33% when compoundi...
    Ford announces top leadership reorganization
    At a time faced with challenges over production shutdown owing to strikes at multiple plants, Ford Motor Co. has announced a management reorganization, promoting Combustion Vehicle Unit Chief Kumar Galhotra to the position of COO, even as the ongoing United Auto Workers' (UAW's) strike shows little signs of ending. Galhotra, who previously headed the Ford Blue unit that makes gas and hybrid vehicles, will now lead the automaker's global industrial system, Reuters reported October 19. Andrew F...
    Ford issues recall for 238,000 Explorers to replace axle bolts in the US
    US automaker Ford is recalling more than 238,000 Explorers in the US because a rear-axle bolt can fail, potentially causing a loss of drive power or allowing the sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to roll away while in park. The latest recall was announced after US safety regulators opened an investigation into the problem, after getting two complaints that repairs did not work in two previous recalls in 2023 and in 2022, CBS News reported October 13. The US National Highway Traffic Safe...
    UAW’s call to strike at Kentucky Truck Plant is grossly irresponsible: Ford Motor
    In response to the United Auto Workers' (UAW's) decision to expand the strike to Ford Motor’s strategically important manufacturing facility, the Kentucky Truck Plant, the carmaker said that it is a "grossly irresponsible but unsurprising move" by the labor union. In a statement on October 11, Ford said that the move to impact the operations at its Kentucky, US, plant was not surprising as it is known that the labor union’s leadership aims to keep the Detroit Three wounded for...
    UAW strikes Ford's Kentucky plant, seeking higher wages and benefits
    United Auto Workers (UAW) leaders have escalated their strike against the Detroit Three automakers by shutting down Ford's largest global plant in Kentucky, US, halting production of lucrative pickup trucks with little warning. The UAW is seeking higher wages, the abolition of a two-tier wage system and the expansion of unions to battery plants at all three companies, according to Reuters report on October 12. Ford's Kentucky truck plant, its most profitable operation, generates $25 billion i...
    Idra expands customer base, innovates with gigapresses for large vehicle part production
    Idra, an Italian aluminum-casting machine manufacturer and supplier to Tesla, has expanded its customer base to include Ford, Hyundai and a European company, Reuters reported October 11. Tesla has pioneered the use of massive casting machines, known as gigapresses, to produce large single pieces of vehicle underbodies, streamlining production and reducing the workload of robots. Front and rear underbodies cast by gigapresses are combined with battery packs to form a three-piece chassis f...
    Volkswagen to launch an all-new electric van in 2024
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen plans to launch an all-electric van — VW Transporter — in 2024, according to a news report published by automotive magazine Autocar UK on October 6. The report stated that the next-generation Volkswagen Transporter will be based on an all-new architecture codeveloped with Ford Motor Co. The popular van, VW Transporter, which accounts for up to two-thirds of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' (VWCV) total sales, will twin with the Ford Transit Cu...
    UAW strike: US automakers lay off more than 800 employees – report
    The standoff between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Detroit Three automakers continues without any settlement in sight, now resulting in layoffs. Stellantis said it is laying off another 570 workers and General Motors announced cuts of nearly 200 employees due to the UAW strike, according to Reuters' October 9 report. Ford said on October 9 that another 70 workers had been laid off in Michigan, US, bringing the total at the automaker to 1,865 since the strike began. Stellantis, whic...
    UAW to no longer expand strikes after General Motors agrees to unionize battery plants
    The United Auto Workers (UAW) will not expand its ongoing strikes against the Detroit Three any further after General Motors (GM) agreed to unionize the workers working at its upcoming electric vehicle battery manufacturing plants in the US, according to a news report published by The Associated Press on October 7. The report stated that GM has agreed to bring workers at battery factories into the UAW’s national contract, basically assuring they will be represented by the UAW. It can be ...
    UAW Strike: Ford makes a new comprehensive offer to UAW
    Ford Motor Co. made a new comprehensive offer to the United Auto Workers (UAW), with hopes to reach an agreement with the striking workers on October 2, the company said on October 3. The new master labor agreement will remain valid until April 30, 2028, given the labor union accepts all the offerings made by the automaker. “It is the seventh and strongest offer Ford has made on the key economic issues since August 29,” Ford said in a statement October 3, adding that its latest offer w...
    Ford offers new contract to end strike, but UAW holds firm on battery plants
    Ford Motor has made a new comprehensive contract offer in an effort to resolve the 19-day-old targeted strike by the United Auto Workers (UAW). The offer includes boosted wages for temporary workers, increased company 401(k) contributions and a shrunk time needed to reach the top-wage rate, Reuters reported October 4. However, the UAW has taken a hard line on battery plants, according to Ford CEO Jim Farley, who accused the UAW of holding the contract "hostage" over the fate of those pla...
    GM, Ford lays off another 500 workers due to UAW strike
    Two US automakers, General Motors and Ford Motor, said they are laying off another 500 workers at four Midwestern plants because of the impact on some of the facilities due to the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike on its 18th day, Reuters reported October 3. Separately, the UAW confirmed it presented a new contract offer to GM. The automaker said it received the counterproposal "but significant gaps remain." The UAW also held a new round of bargaining with Chrysler-parent Stellantis. Ford s...
    UAW strike: Ford halts construction of $3.5 billion EV battery plant in Michigan, US
    Ford Motor Co. plans to pause the construction of its $3.5 billion electric vehicle battery plant in Michigan, US, amid the ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) strike row in the US, according to a news report published by Nikkei Asia on September 26. The report mentioned that Ford has paused the construction of its EV battery factory until it is confident that it can run the factory competitively. Ford’s decision has come at a time when the carmaker is holding talks with the labor union, w...
    UAW expands strike at GM, Stellantis after a week of standoff with Detroit Three
    After a week into the persisting standoff with the Detroit Three – General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Stellantis – the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced on September 22 that it is expanding the ongoing strike to 38 parts distribution locations across 20 states in the US. In its second wave, the UAW strike aims to target the aftersales and service facilities, which is expected to have a direct and immediate impact on the carmaker’s dealerships, and therefore customers. While the UA...
    Ford of Canada reaches agreement with Unifor
    Ford Motor Co. of Canada and Unifor have reached a new national labor agreement providing significant wage increases, bonuses, additional paid time off, retirement enhancements, significant inflation protection provisions, as well as an accelerated grow-in period for new hires, Ford announced September 24. In a statement released on September 24, the US carmaker’s Canadian unit said that based on the collective agreement ratified by employees, the company is enhancing the income maintenance...
    US NHTSA opens investigation into nearly 240,000 Ford EcoSport of 2018–21 – report
    According to a Reuters report on September 22, US auto safety regulators are investigating about 240,000 of 2018–21 Ford EcoSport vehicles after consumer complaints alleging oil pump failure. The investigation was opened on September 20 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) Office of Defects Investigation. It said it had received 95 complaints alleging that the oil pump may fail, resulting in a loss of motive power while the vehicle was in motion, the r...
    General Motors announces layoffs of nearly 2,000 due to the UAW strike
    Facing the ongoing strike by United Auto Workers (UAW), automaker General Motors said it idled its Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., around 1 p.m. September 20, and that most of the 2,000 workers across two shifts there will be laid off indefinitely, Detroit Free Press reported September 20. The layoff is a result of the UAW's strike at GM's Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri, US. GM builds its midsize pickups and cargo vans at Wentzville, Mo., and the plant also does stamping w...
    UAW plans more strikes against the Detroit Three as both sides fail to reach agreement
    United Auto Workers (UAW) members protesting in Michigan, US, and Ohio, US, have urged the UAW union leaders to continue the ongoing strike, holding to the union’s biggest demands on pay hikes and compensation, according to a news report published by Reuters on September 20. The report stated that the UAW strike against the Detroit Three — General Motors, Stellantis and Ford Motor Co. — has entered its fifth day. Citing UAW, the report said that the labor union plans to expand...
    Ford announces top leadership appointments
    To bolster its customer-focused transformation, US automaker Ford Motor Co. announced key leadership appointments on September 12. Elena Ford, Ford’s chief customer experience officer, is named chief dealer engagement officer, effective September 12. In this role, she will work closely with Ford’s 10,000 dealers worldwide to accelerate their transformation into a competitive differentiator across Ford’s global businesses. The original equipment manufacturer said Elena Ford and dealers g...
    Ford, BMW and Honda join hands to create ChargeScape — a new company focused on EV grid services
    BMW Group, Ford Motor Co. and American Honda Motor Co. Inc. announced a partnership agreement to create ChargeScape LLC, a new equally owned company that will create a single, cost-effective platform connecting electric utilities, automakers and interested electric vehicle customers. To help both EV customers and the electric utility industry in the US and Canada, ChargeScape will unlock an entirely new value that EVs can provide to the electric grid while enabling EV customers to e...
    UAW says some progress in labor talks but wide divide remains
    The ongoing negotiation between automakers and the labor union continues to drag as a Reuters report on September 11 said the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has made some headway in labor talks with the Detroit Three automakers just three days before a potential strike of 146,000 US autoworkers, but an agreement was still not in reach, UAW President Shawn Fain said September 11. "We've made some progress, a little bit of progress but it's still slow but we're moving," Fain told CNN. "We...
    Interior Insight: Ford Mustang Mach-E
    Once settled in the eight-way, power-adjustable, vegan leather-upholstered and heated driver seat of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, the focal point becomes a 15-inch portrait-orientated touchscreen. We take a closer look inside to see what else appeals. Inside story The minimalist dash means adjusting almost everything via the huge touchscreen. Other interior features include heated and powered driver and front passenger seats, a heated steering wheel, a heated windscreen, a wi...
    Ford gets regulatory nod to use BlueCruise technology in Germany
    Ford has received approval from the Federal Motor Transport Authority to use BlueCruise technology in Germany, according to a company press release on August 28. In designated sections on highways called Blue Zones, drivers will be able to take their hands off the steering wheel. An important requirement for the German authorities was an infrared camera mounted behind the steering wheel. It checks whether the driver is still watching the traffic situation. It essentially ensures that the driv...
    US NHTSA opens investigation into Ford’s Mustang Mach-E recall to prevent power failures
    The US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is set to open an investigation into Ford’s response to recall 49,000 Mustang Mach-E vehicles in 2022, The Verge reported Aug. 22, 2023, citing Automotive News. The recall in June 2022 was due to an overheating issue, which could result in a loss of propulsion power. Ford had subsequently issued an over-the-air (OTA) software update designed to reduce power if the contactors got too hot, but the NHTSA has received 12 con...
    Ford, EcoProBM and SK On plan on investing C$1.2 billion to build cathode manufacturing facility in Quebec
    Ford has announced that it is planning on investing C$1.2 billion, along with EcoProBM and SK On, to build a cathode manufacturing facility in Quebec, according to a company press release on August 17. The facility will provide materials for batteries that will be used in Ford’s future electric vehicles. Production is expected to begin in the first half of 2026 with a capacity to produce up to 45,000 metric tons of cathode active materials (CAM) per year. “Ford has been serving cu...
    Ford to install BlueCruise hardware on 500,000 model year 2024 vehicles in North America
    Ford has announced that it would offer BlueCruise hardware as standard on 500,000 vehicles for the model year 2024 in North America across Ford and Lincoln models, according to a company press release dated August 14. “BlueCruise is an experience-it-to-believe-it technology, and people are amazed at how BlueCruise can help make driving less stressful and more enjoyable — especially in traffic or on long drives. We believe in this technology and how it can help transform the highway d...
    Ford responds to supplier disclosure of cybersecurity vulnerability
    In a press release dated August 10, Ford said that it has learned from a supplier that a security researcher discovered a vulnerability in the Wi-Fi software driver supplied for use in the Sync 3 infotainment system available on some Ford and Lincoln vehicles. The automaker has immediately begun developing and validating measures to address the vulnerability. It was done in partnership with the supplier.  The US automaker said that it has seen no evidence yet that the vulnerability has been...
    Ford Motor Co. resumes production at Rouge Electric Vehicle Center after six-week shutdown
    Ford Motor Co. announced August 1 that it has resumed production of its popular electric pick-up F-150 Lightning at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center plant. The Rouge Electric Vehicle Center has resumed operations after a six-week shutdown, which was aimed at expanding and retooling the plant to triple the manufacturing capacity of the F-150 Lightning. Post capacity expansion at the plant, Ford estimates that the company will be able to produce the F-150 Lightning at an annualized rate of 150...
    Ford recalls F-150 trucks in North America over unexpected parking brake activation
    Ford Motor issued a recall for 870,000 F-150 trucks in the US due to the risk of an unexpected activation of the electric parking brake due to a potential wiring issue, Reuters reported July 29. The recall covers 2021 through 2023 model year F-150 trucks, according to a filing with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It covers trucks equipped with a single-exhaust system. Contact with the rear-axle housing may damage the wiring harness, causing the electric parking ...
    US NHTSA to investigate 346,000 Ford Escape sport utility vehicles over doors opening while vehicles are in motion
    The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is set to investigate complaints over Ford Escape sport utility vehicle (SUV) doors opening while the vehicles are in motion, CBS News reported July 11. The agency’s investigation will span across 346,000 model year 2020–21 vehicles. Customers have filed 118 complaints about the doors, sharing that the spot welds on the door assembly bracket can malfunction. There have been 25 reports of minor injuries tied to the doors, the ag...
    Supplier to the new Lincoln Nautilus
    TheLincoln Nautilus produced at the Changan Hangzhou plant in China. The  SUV is expected to peak at more than 34702 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    US auto safety regulators likely to investigate Ford over power-loss reports
    According to a Reuters report dated June 24, US auto safety regulators are going to investigate Ford Motor's prior recalls of 710,000 Explorer sport utility vehicles (SUVs) over power-loss reports to determine if the fix is adequate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted that the No. 2 US automaker issued recalls in April 2022 and March 2023 on Ford Explorer SUVs from the 2020–22 model years to address a rear-axle horizontal-mounting bolt that may fractu...
    US government announces $9.2 billion loan for Ford-SK On battery joint venture
    The US Energy Department (US DOE) plans to provide a loan of $9.2 billion to the Ford Motor — SK On battery joint venture, which is building battery manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, US, and Tennessee, US, according to a news report published by The Detroit News on June 22. The report pointed out that the loan accounts for a majority of the $11.4 billion in investments that the two companies have committed to spend in the project over years. Notably, the loan to BlueOval SK...
    Ford’s Super Duty model to feature fighter jet-inspired head-up display
    Ford has announced that its new F-Series Super Duty lineup of pickup trucks and chassis cabs will feature fighter jet-inspired head-up display (HUD) and Pro Trailer Hitch Assist system using machine learning, in a press release dated June 21. “We wanted to create an amazing digital experience for our most-focused truck customers, and our research led us to look at aircraft HUD concepts because of their task-oriented hierarchal structures. But because pilots are trained to read information i...
    Ford, GM collaborate with Tesla to adopt NACS, all major CPOs follow
    On June 8, General Motors Company (GM) announced that it is collaborating with Tesla to integrate the latter’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector design into its own electric vehicle lineup. As a result of this alignment, GM EV drivers will also get access to Tesla’s Supercharger network across North America — one of the largest fast-charging networks in the region. Talking to Tesla chief Elon Musk, in a Twitter Spaces event on the same day, GM CEO Mary Barra, said, “Yo...
    Ford Motor opens Cologne EV Center in Germany
    Ford Motor Co. has finally opened its Cologne Electric Vehicle Center in Germany that is slated to produce new-generation Ford EVs for customers in Europe, the company announced June 12. The US automaker has invested about $2 billion on upgrading its production facility based in Niehl, Cologne, Germany, to produce EVs for the European market. Ford’s investment in its Cologne facility, which was founded in 1930, represents the original equipment manufacturer's willingness to continue ha...
    IperionX collaborates with Ford Motors to supply titanium metal components
    IperionX has agreed to a scope of work (SoW) for the supply of titanium metal components for Ford Motor, using its unique 100% recycled, low-carbon titanium metal. Both companies have been working together to design, test and additively manufacture a series of high-quality titanium components for future Ford Performance production vehicles, a Business Wire release dated June 13 said. This SoW follows a detailed program of quality and strength testing of IperionX’s low-carbon,...
    Liz Door returns to Ford Motor to head global supply chain management
    In a restructuring of the senior management team at Ford Motor Co., Liz Door will return as the automaker’s chief Supply Chain officer, starting June 12, the Jim Farley-led company announced June 6. Door, who was serving as the leader of Global Strategic Sourcing for home-appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. for the past six years, will take over the responsibilities from Ford CFO John Lawler. Lawler has been managing the supply chain affairs at Ford on an interim basis since September 2022. Doo...
    Ford issues new recall for 125,000 SUVs and trucks over fire hazard caused by engine failures
    Ford Motor has issued a recall for 125,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and trucks due to possibility of a fire caused by engine failure, Reuters reported June 6. The recall covers select model year 2020–23 Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs, and Maverick compact-pickup trucks with 2.5 liter hybrid or plug-in hybrid engines. The automaker said isolated engine manufacturing issues could cause the engine to fail prematurely, leading to a release of engine oil or fuel vapor a...
    Ford collaborates with Uber to deliver a new lease option for rideshare drivers
    With an aim to boost electric rideshare adoption, US automaker Ford has joined hands with rideshare provider Uber, the company announced June 1. Called Ford Drive, the pilot program offers flexible access to Ford Mustang Mach-E models and has launched in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. A flexible lease allows rideshare drivers to select their Mustang Mach-E for between one- and four-month increments, depending on the location. The vehicle is delivered to the driver within two w...
    Ford EV customers to get access to over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across North America
    Legacy automaker Ford Motor Co. has reached an agreement with Elon Musk-led electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors to provide its electric vehicle customers access to more than 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across the US and Canada, Ford announced May 25. According to the Michigan-based carmaker, its new arrangement with Tesla on the latter’s EV charging network will double the total number of fast-chargers available to Ford EV customers starting spring 2024. “This is great...
    Ford Motor joins National Charging Experience Consortium in the US
    US automaker Ford Motor Co. has joined the US Joint Office of Energy and Transportation to launch the National Charging Experience Consortium, which is aimed at rapidly developing the electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the US, Ford said May 9. The effort is led by US Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories that will work to rapidly develop solutions to ensure a reliable and frictionless EV charging experience. Commenting on the development, Bi...
    SQM partners with Ford for long-term lithium supply
    Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile SA (SQM) and Ford Motor Co. (Ford) on May 22 announced a long-term strategic agreement to secure the supply of high-quality lithium products for the production of electric vehicles. The agreement between Ford and SQM will ensure the supply of battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide (LiOH), essential components to manufacture high-performance EV batteries. The origin of SQM's lithium should help Ford vehicles to qualify for the US Inf...
    3D printing drives innovation in the automotive industry_A look at major players
    The automotive industry is adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, to produce complex parts, reduce expenses, save time and weight, and provide greater design flexibility. The electronics industry is also expected to become a significant customer of 3D printing technology, especially for advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), owing to the benefits of 3D-printed circuits in reducing volume and optimizing pathways. The development of more advanced printers and process...
    Ford recalls 422,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the US due to potential failure of the rearview camera display
    Ford Motor is recalling 422,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the US because the video output may fail even after getting a prior recall repair, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying, Reuters reported May 18. The new recall covers 2020 through 2023 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, and 2020–22 Lincoln Corsair SUVs with a 360° camera. The recall expands and replaces prior Ford callbacks for the same issue in 2021 and 2023. In 2022, Ford updated the image pr...
    VW-backed Ionity opens its largest EV charging hub in Italy
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging network operator Ionity has officially inaugurated its largest EV charging hub in Affi at Lake Garda in Italy, the company announced May 11. The EV charging hub was inaugurated in the presence of the vice president of the Veneto Region, Italy, the president of the Province of Verona, Italy, and the mayor of Affi, the company said. The new Ionity EV charging hub is made of 18 high-power chargers powered by 100% renewable energy. These EV chargers offer up to 350 ...
    Advanced Propulsion Centre to invest £77 million on seven automotive research and development projects in the UK
    UK government-backed Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is investing £77 million in seven automotive research and development (R&D) projects with a goal of decarbonizing the transportation system and achieving net zero in the automotive supply chain, APC said May 9. The total investment of £77 million comprise £38.4 million from the UK government and a further £38.7 million from the automotive industry. “The seven projects, each involving a group of companies working in part...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Silverado EV
    The Chevrolet Silverado EV is produced at Factory ZERO assembly plant. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 53088 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Ford Motor launches F-150 Lightning electric pickup in Norway
    Ford Motor Co. has launched its popular electric pickup F-150 Lightning in Norway, making the Scandinavian country the first global market where the vehicle is being made commercially available for sale, the company announced on April 20. Ford said that the electric vehicle (EV) is launched on the back of significant consumer demand for the electric pickup. The company said that customers in Norway can apply to purchase a limited number of special F-150 Lightning Lariat Launch Edition ve...
    Ford tests AI-powered autonomous vehicles at the assembly plant in Germany
    Ford is testing artificial intelligence (AI)-powered automated driving technology designed to make the process more efficient. For the project, vehicles not only drive themselves off the assembly line, they also self‑drive to final testing stations and self-charge before parking up ready for delivery to customers. The E-SELF project is among a range of initiatives that Ford is exploring as it prepares the Ford Cologne EV Centre in Germany — subject of a $2 billion investment —...
    Ford plans to upgrade its Canada-based plant for EV manufacturing
    US automaker Ford Motor Company announced on April 11 that the company is investing C$1.8 billion on retooling and upgrading its Oakville Assembly Complex in Canada to prepare the facility for producing electric vehicles (EVs) in the future. Ford said that it aims to make the Ontario-based production plant a high-volume hub of EV manufacturing in Canada. The plant, which will be renamed Oakville Electric Vehicle Complex, is slated to be transformed from the second quarter of 2024 to prep...
    Ford Motor releases list of BEVs, PHEVs eligible for incentives under US Inflation Reduction Act
    US automaker Ford Motor Company has confirmed that following the release of the additional guidance on EV tax credits from the US Treasury Department, all three of its popular battery electric vehicles (BEVs) – F-150 Lightning pickup, Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit – are eligible for the incentives defined under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the company said on April 5. Ford has also confirmed that some of its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) will be able to qualify for the...
    Supplier to the new Ford Mustang
    The Ford Mustang produced at Flat Rock, Michigan. The  vehicle is expected to peak at more than 76159 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Ford plans to build its second-generation electric truck at the upcoming BlueOval City campus
    Ford Motor Company announced on March 24 that it plans to produce its second-generation electric truck, code named Project T3, at its upcoming manufacturing site at BlueOval City in Tennessee, US. With construction on track, the planned electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturing facility is scheduled to begin production operations in 2025 and will be capable of rolling out 500,000 EV trucks a year at full production. “With its F-150 Lightning, Ford already has shifted people...
    Ford teams up with PT Vale Indonesia Tbk and Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co. on nickel production
    US automaker Ford Motor Company has signed an agreement with PT Vale Indonesia Tbk and China’s Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co. to collaborate on advancing more sustainable nickel production in Indonesia, Ford announced on March 30. The three companies plan to make equity investments in the Pomalaa Block High-Pressure Acid Leaching (HPAL) Project through a definitive agreement signed on the sidelines of an official ceremony, which was graced by the Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Ford said...
    Ford recalls 1.5 million vehicles in the US to fix brake hoses, wiper arms
    Ford is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles in the United States in two actions to fix leaky brake hoses and windshield-wiper arms that can break, Associated Press reported on March 18. The largest of two recalls covered nearly 1.3 million 2013–18 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars. The company said in documents posted March 17 by safety regulators that the front-brake hoses can rupture and leak brake fluid. That would increase brake-pedal travel and make stopping ...
    Michigan House panel approves USD585 million in incentives for three battery plant projects
    The Michigan House panel has approved a combined USD585 million in state incentives to three major battery-manufacturing projects, The Detroit News reported on 15 March. The approvals came from the Michigan House Appropriations Committee. The panel approved transferring USD175 million for a project for Gotion, USD200 million for an Our Next Energy project in Van Buren Township, Michigan, US, and USD210 million for a Ford Motor project in Marshall, Michigan, US. The transfer requests must...
    Suppliers to the new Ford Transit Custom
    The Ford Transit Custom is produced at its plant in Kocaeli, Turkey. S&P Global Mobility forecasts that the highest year of production for this vehicle will be 2024, when more than 175390 units will be produced.
    Ford to restart F-150 Lightning production after a battery cell-related recall
    Ford Motor Company announced on 10 March that it will get back to the production schedule of the F-150 Lightning pickup on 13 March, after the automaker recalled 18 electric trucks due to a battery cell manufacturing defect, according to a Reuters report dated 11 March. The recall stemmed from production over a four-week period starting at the end of 2022. Ford said it had recently established that 18 vehicles containing cells from that four-week period had made it to deal...
    Talking Heads: Tesla Investor Day
    On March 1, Tesla hosted its Investor Day, where it presented ‘Master Plan 3’, the sequel to Master Plan outings in 2006 and 2016. While earlier plans were greeted enthusiastically by investors, the third met with a muted response from the markets with the stock falling by 6%.  Click the link above to download the full article.
    Ford creates Latitude AI subsidiary to develop future automated driving technologies
    Ford Motor has established Latitude AI, a wholly owned subsidiary to equip its cars with a hands-free, eyes-off-the-road automated driving system. With the creation of a dedicated firm, Ford adds a leading team of machine learning (ML), robotics, software, sensors, systems engineering, and operations talent as the automaker grows and expands its development efforts in automated driving technology—including advancements in Ford BlueCruise, which already has accumulated more than 50 million mile...
    Cadillac launches XT4 SUV with new interior design and connected technologies
    Cadillac has unveiled its XT4 sport utility vehicle (SUV) with multiple new systems in interior, lighting, and connectivity, it said in a press release dated 20 February. With an updated front and rear design, the SUV features new grille designs and new LED headlamps, a new interior design featuring a 33-inch-diagonal interface/display with 9K resolution, which is inspired by the Cadillac LYRIQ. The screen acts as the interface for a new, advanced virtual cockpit system. “Complemented with ...
    LG Energy Solution, Ford, and Koç Holding to setup EV battery JV in Turkey
    LG Energy Solution (LGES), Ford and Koç Holding have announced a new joint venture (JV) to manufacture electric vehicle (EV) battery cells in Turkey, LGES announced in a press release on 21 February. The new joint venture will be located in an organized industrial zone in Başkent, near Ankara. Production is intended to start in 2026 with the three parties committing to at least 25 GWh of annual production capacity, which could potentially expand up to 45 GWh. "Ford continues to ramp up...
    Suppliers to the new Ford Ranger
    The Ford Ranger is produced at at the Michigan Assembly Plant ,USA. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 75484 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Magna to supply battery enclosures for Chevrolet Silverado EV
    Magna has secured new business from General Motors (GM) to supply battery enclosures for model year (MY) 2024 Chevrolet Silverado electric vehicle (EV), it said in a press release on 13 February. The company will produce the enclosures at its Magna Electric Vehicle Structures facility in St. Clair, Michigan. Production is expected to begin later in 2023. “The accelerating shift toward vehicle electrification opens up exciting growth opportunities for Magna beyond powertrain. We have been ab...
    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...
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