Ford to Offer Lower-Cost Lower-Range Batteries for Mustang Mach-E

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Electric vehicles aren’t the exotic, futuristic things they once were, but they aren’t yet the cheapest vehicle option, either. Automotive News reported that Ford would start offering a lower-cost battery option in the Mustang Mach-E, hoping to lessen the financial blow of buying a new EV and make the purchase more appealing to more buyers.

The Mach-E currently uses nickel cobalt manganese batteries. They offer a better range than other battery chemistries, but they’re expensive and take longer to charge. Ford’s plan involves a new battery type made from lithium iron phosphate, which is cheaper and uses more abundant raw materials. 

The shift will reduce the Mach-E’s range and impact the price. Ford said it would incorporate the new batteries into existing trim levels and configurations, so buyers don’t need a chemistry lesson to buy a car. At the same time, the automaker will educate dealers and customers so that both know what they’re buying and selling. 

Ford will purchase the lithium iron phosphate at first but is planning a battery plant in Michigan to focus on the cheaper units. The plant will open in 2026 and employ 2,500 workers. Ford plans an annual production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours, which, as Auto News points out, is enough to power 400,000 EVs. 

[Image: Ford]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Kwik_Shift_Pro4X on Mar 06, 2023

    184 NYPD Mach-E's ready for action? Who will maintain them?

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    • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Kwik_Shift_Pro4X on Mar 07, 2023

      No VoGhost, only you are.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 06, 2023

    I like the idea of lithium iron phosphate for my around-town EV. Also for 'portable power stations' that will be used infrequently.

    (And down the road, for the starter battery on my ICE vehicles.)

    Here's a pretty picture that summarizes the differences.

    • Haze3 Haze3 on Mar 07, 2023

      For EV's, one of the signs of actual normality will be when battery tech offerings start diversifying to support the needs of different vehicles/use cases. Not every P/U needs the big diesel, most are fine with the turbo 4. LiFeP batteries have upsides, the upsides just aren't range. Sodium batteries will have similar trade-offs vs. Lithium (cheaper, more charge cycles, heavier).

  • El scotto El scotto on Mar 06, 2023

    Le Sigh, TTAC runs an EV article and we get people going "what if giant purple monsters hovered over the PA Turnpike and used their noses (hopefully) to suck all the electritity out of ever passing EV? What will you do then Mr. Smarypants McEV? Big purple monsters? How you gonna fight them off? Whatcha gonna do when the big purple monsters come for you?

    Thankfully most EV owners are a rational and detailed lot. Once you get past the worst case scenarios increasing at an exponential rate and the never an EV bunch the current EV owners will usually comment.

    The EV owners actually, and this part is important boys and girl, own and drive EVs. No '"well you see in parts of England they seek electric eels to help recharge. Nope just reports from their driving and maintenance logs. Data from the EVs they actually own.

    Ford dealer can't fix your EV? More than anecdotal evidence would be appreciated on that score. Show up riding shotgun in a flatbed tow truck and your spare keys in your pocket. Have the tow truck load up broken Ford. Watch various echelons of service managers come out and try to stop you from taking your own vehicle to another Ford dealer. Be polite there's not much they can do by that time. Pay bill, make the comments you'd like to make and leave.

    In the not very distant past; some people considered front wheel drive and/or fuel injection engineering of the devil. Now they buy the those types of vehicles for their most cherished. Things change. Anyone miss heaters being optional equipment?

    I think the Venn diagrams of Scared Fox News watchers and EV haters overlap a great deal.

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    • Jeff S Jeff S on Mar 07, 2023

      El scotto--I have no problem with people owning and driving EVs it should be your choice what you drive without being criticized. Trolls like EB are on here to disrupt and add no value to the conversation. He cannot get enough attention which is really sad.

  • EBFlex EBFlex on Mar 07, 2023

    Oh Ford, more complete stupidity yet again

    • VoGhost VoGhost on Mar 07, 2023

      Putin hates the idea of lower cost EVs. As it is, ICE sales have fallen by 30% in the last 5 years.