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U.S. House Expands Probe Into Deal Between Ford, CATL

Several months ago, Ford announced that it has chosen Marshall, Michigan as the site for its newest EV battery plant, BlueOval Battery Park Michigan. There, it will produce lithium iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries using technology licensed from Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL), which is based out of China. That latter point has stirred up quite a bit of controversy over the past few months, both from the U.S. and Chinese governments. In fact, CEO Jim Farley recently visited the White House to discuss these concerns after a group of lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to FoMoCo requesting more information on its deal with CATL. Now, the House has expanded its probe in this same matter, according to the Washington Times.

Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan Annoucement

The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently sent another letter to FoMoCo requesting more information from the automaker pertaining to its agreement with CATL, citing national security concerns as the catalyst behind this query. The letter was spearheaded by Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, along with 25 of her colleagues.

“While Ford has labeled this project a ‘commitment to American manufacturing’ and asserts it will create 2,500 new American jobs, we are concerned that Ford’s partnership with a Chinese company could aid China’s efforts to expand its control over United States electric vehicle supply chains and jeopardize national security by furthering dependence on China,” the letter reads.

Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan Annoucement

Since the day this deal was announced, Ford has maintained that CATL won’t have any stake in the new plant, and also that it won’t receive any sort of U.S. tax dollars as part of this deal. Rather, the automaker insists that it will merely use technology licensed from CATL to build LFP batteries at its new plant, which will be used to power future all-electric vehicles.

We’ll have more on BlueOval Battery Park Michigan soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 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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  1. Ford Owner

    What happened to the deal with the other battery manufacturer?

  2. Timothy

    I read recently that LG { Korean parent company} had concerns about a lack of qualified and motivated employees necessary to set up their battery plant at this time in the US.


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