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Report: Ford going with LG Chem for lithium ion cells?

A report out of South Korea today is claiming that Ford has signed an exclusive deal with LG Chem to supply lithium ion cells for its future plug-in vehicles. Until now, Ford has worked primarily with Johnson Controls-Saft for its cell supply and the Escape plug-in hybrid test fleet uses batteries from that supplier. In 2009, Ford announced that JCS would be the supplier of batteries for the Transit Connect BEV and the upcoming 2012 plug-in hybri

Former Ford Escape Hybrid chief joins Johnson-Controls-Saft

The chief engineer who helped bring the Ford Escape Hybrid to production for Ford has now joined the Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions joint venture as CEO. Mary Ann Wright will guide the new company as they pursue business for their lithium battery technology in the rapidly growing hybrid and electric vehicle markets. The JCS venture has already been awarded a development contract from General Motors for the Sam Abuelsamid