Ford Innovations: Batteries

by | Feb 10, 2017 | Auto Repair

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Ford is a leading innovator in the automotive industry. They are always pushing the limits of what is possible or practical in a vehicle. A few years ago, they introduced the first aluminum truck body with the 2015 F-150, but now they are working on even better innovations including battery technology for electric vehicles. With these innovations, you should expect to see more car dealers in Wheeling and other areas selling Ford EVs before too much longer.

University Funding

Currently, Ford is funding battery research for the University of Michigan to aid in the development of their new batteries. This allows the university to benefit from the funding and Ford will benefit from the research being done without having to hire new engineers or pull people off of other projects.

Worldwide Effort

In addition to teaming up with the University of Michigan for research in the US, Ford is also expanding their research and development teams and infrastructure in Europe and Asia to help expand their research. This makes Ford’s battery research a truly global effort, which is fitting when you consider the benefits of this research. Ford is using a “hub and spoke” approach here to allow researchers to communicate quickly and effectively no matter where in the world they are.

End Goal

The end result of Ford’s research is expected to be an electric vehicle or EV, that is lighter and longer lasting than what is currently available. Today’s EVs are limited in range and often require several hours to recharge. Further battery development will allow Ford to make EVs that will charge faster and travel further while causing less deterioration to the batteries.

Ford has long been an innovator in the automotive industry, but since the bailout of Chrysler and GM, Ford has stepped up their research and is now one of the most advanced car makers in the world. This is likely to only continue into the future as well.

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