Ford Mustang Mach-E And Electric Transit Van Share Battery Packs

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The best way to make a battery production line the most efficient and cheapest to operate is to run it at capacity. The more battery packs are produced, the less they cost per unit. Ford has said that it will turn a profit on each Ford Mustang Mach-E that it sells. One key to turning those profits is to ensure that the battery cell production line is running at maximum capacity.

LG makes battery cells for the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the electric Transit van at a factory in Poland, where there are production lines dedicated to Ford. Ford’s head of global powertrain purchasing, Lisa Drake, said at CES that filling a battery cell line to capacity is when you achieve the lowest price. She noted that you never want the line to be idle.

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The battery cell line that supplies the Mustang Mach-E and the Ford Transit will run 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Building the two vehicles to use the same battery cells from the getgo was a change for Ford. Drake says that usually, the automaker develops each program with its own market equation, and then it looks to see if it can share components. She said since the battery is the most expensive part of the car, Ford looked at the battery cells’ optimal costs and then looked to see where it could be shared across products. She said that was an opposite way of thinking for Ford.

The architecture was set up to allow the Mach-E to share cells with a completely different product in a completely different segment. Ford has stated that it can build 50,000 Mach-E units per year at a plant in Mexico. The limitation on production is the battery pack. The Mach-E will go on sale at the end of the year with the electric Transit van going on sale in 2021. Ford hasn’t said how many Mach-E reservations have been made, but demand has been strong in Tesla’s back yard.

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Source: Autonews Europe

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Good idea.
    Once Ford can sell enough vehicles in Europe to keep this line going, they should have LG build a plant to make the same battery packs right here in the US and save the shipping costs and delays.

  2. My understanding is that LG is making the batteries but Ford is making the packs. I’m wondering if that’s how they’re going to get the electric transit out in 2021 if they’re at capacity with the packs for the Mach E. The only thing I can think of is that the electric Transit is going to made and sold in Europe at first and they’ll have a battery pack assembly facility there.

  3. If Ford can successfully make and sell electric Transit vans in Europe, then it should electrify all of its SUV products, such as the Explorer and the Kuga (Escape), too. The Europeans and the Asian are well ahead in the production and marketing, yet here in the U.S. only a few advance thinking customers will buy them. The oil barons have Congress under their control with the campaign money, and keep oil subsidy money flowing. Leave oil at world market prices, and we will see how electric sales go up when gasoline and Diesel goes up, too. Then their prices will go down as electrics reduce demand for oil. We will get a cleaner nation and lesser prices.

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