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Ford Mustang Mach-E Will Get LFP Battery Pack In 2023

Earlier this month, Ford revealed its latest EV master plan that outlined what the automaker is doing to secure enough raw materials to meet its goal of producing 600,000 all-electric vehicles in 2023, including 270,000 Ford Mustang Mach-E crossovers. FoMoCo noted that it already has all of the materials it needs to reach that shorter term goal, and that it’s also working on securing more of those materials domestically as well. Part of The Blue Oval’s plan involves switching to lithium iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries in the Ford F-150 Lightning in early 2024, as well as the Ford Mustang Mach-E in 2023, as Lisa Drake, Ford’s vice president of EV industrialization, confirmed while speaking during a webcast question and answer session recently.

“That’s a great question but unfortunately we’re not going to answer that today,” Drake said when asked about what sort of percentage LFP batteries might represent in terms of the automaker’s overall EV production. “But I will say there’s probably more to come when the Mach-E gets it first next year and then the F-150 Lightning right after that. I think it will be a better story when we can more comprehensively tell it in the context of the product.”

LFP batteries offer up mostly pros and one particular con compared to the lithium-ion units powering the majority of EVs these days. LFP batteries don’t use nickel or cobalt in their construction and are generally cheaper, safer, and can be charged to 100 percent without worrying about speeding up battery degradation, though they’re also not as energy dense as lithium-ion batteries.

As Ford Authority reported last week, FoMoCo is currently producing around 2,000 Mach-Es per week, though it plans to double that number by early 2023 as it aims to significantly ramp up production of its current EV models moving forward.

We’ll have more on the Mach-E soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Ford Owner

    LFP cell prices are dropping. I am replacing my home UPS batteries with four LFP cells that hold up to 3.2 V each. I plan to replace the 12 V lead acid battery in my Fusion Hybrid with a 12 V LFP battery and never worry about being stranded because of a bad battery.

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    1. Chuck

      there are temperature issues with LFP, charging at freezing temperatures, if you live in a cold climate , you’d have to look into it.

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  2. John Coviello

    I still have trouble thinking that a 4 door Mustang makes any sense !!!!!!!

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    1. BigMach-e

      Have you been in one and put the pedal down? You’ll see if you do.

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  3. David

    The lfp’s are less denser which means heavier/lower range. They also charge slower and are sensitive to cold weather (than nmc). The are perfect for stationary or lower end/base trim ev’s.

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  4. SiliconAddict

    “though they’re also not as energy dense as lithium-ion batteries”

    And this is why any interest in the Mach E that I had has pretty much died as they barely meet my min requirement range of 300 miles on a charge right now. (I live in MN. In winter it will be FAR under that so any electric I get needs to get at min 300 to start off with.) If Ford wants to be cheap. That is fine. Its their choice and their call. I’ll just go somewhere else.

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  5. BigMach-e

    This article is misleading, LFP has a few advantages for the EV consumer, but mostly cons. Make no mistake about it, this is a cost cutting measure Heavier for same energy density, terrible for charging in cold climate, huge decrease of range due to cold temp. So: worse 0-60 performance (because of weight, unknown if energy delivery is impacted), likely slower real life charging speeds, and substantial range decrease when it’s cold. Only two potential operational upsides: battery longevity and safety.

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    1. Luis Lara

      Ford wants to cut production costs first. That is actually the right move, not everybody needs a 300 Miles range EV, so why not have an affordable 250 Miles range one? In an interview with Sandy Munro, Jim Farley hinted that the company is looking at LMFP too, but that probably will come at the end of the decade.

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  6. Ronny

    Nevermind LFP. What about LMFP which give A Tesla over 400 miles of range?

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