Ford reveals the location of its Michigan-based battery center.
Ford is making huge strides with new electric vehicles like the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and upcoming 2022 F-150 Lightning, but the company's true commitment to electrification runs much deeper. Earlier this year, Ford announced a new battery development center called Ion Park. This new facility will be constructed in Michigan but did not specify exactly where. Now, the company just announced that Ion Park will be located in Romulus, Michigan, a western suburb of Detroit.
"The new lab will help Ford speed up the battery development process to deliver even more capable, affordable batteries and is part of Ford's renewed commitment to making Michigan a centerpiece of its focus on EVs," said Anand Sankaran, Ford Ion Park director.
Ion Park will cost $100 million and is part of Ford's greater $185 million investment towards developing, testing, and building new vehicle battery cells and cell arrays. Ford will refurbish a 270,000 square-foot facility in Romulus, housing up to 200 engineers and high-tech equipment. Once Ion Park is online, Ford hopes to vertically integrate batteries and cells into its production capability, so it no longer has to rely on suppliers.
In total, Ford has invested more than $30 billion toward electrification by 2025. Part of this investment involves a Series B contribution to Solid Power, a company focusing on next-generation solid-state batteries. Ford recently invested $130 million into the company, become an equal equity owner with BMW.
"Ford's investment in battery research and development in Romulus will support hundreds of good-paying jobs, attract innovative talent to Michigan, and help us continue leading the world in advanced mobility and manufacturing," commented Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "Ford is an American icon that has left its mark on the world over a century, and with the research that will take place at Ford Ion Park, they will shape the next century while reducing emissions and accelerating electrification."