Ford CEO Jim Farley Calls For More U.S. EV Battery Production

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Ford CEO Jim Farley Calls For More U.S. EV Battery Production
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Brett FooteFebruary 25, 2021, 7:27 am1Comment

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As it faces an ongoing semiconductor chip shortage that has seriously hampered production, Ford is well aware of the many problems stemming from other imported parts. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact not only on automakers’ own production efforts but also the suppliers that provide them with parts needed to build vehicles. One thing in particular that concerns Ford CEO Jim Farley is EV battery production, which currently takes place mostly outside the U.S.
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“We need to bring large-scale battery production to the U.S., and we’ll be talking to the government about that, CEO Jim Farley said while speaking at the Wolfe Research Auto Conference. “We can’t go through what we’re doing with chips right now with Taiwan. It’s just too important.”
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SK Innovation, Ford’s battery supplier for the forthcoming Ford F-150 BEV, recently lost an intellectual property lawsuit against its rival, LG Chem. As a result, the International Trade Commission banned SK from importing batteries to the U.S. for ten years, though it will be allowed to import components that will be used in the F-150 BEV for the next four years.
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Last summer, Ford was adamant that it would continue to source its EV batteries from suppliers rather than making them in-house. However, just a few months later, Farley admitted that the automaker was looking into EV battery production, something that General Motors, Tesla, Volkswagen, and Daimler have all invested in.
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It’s unclear if Farley intends to move forward with these plans, or if the automaker is pushing for more EV battery suppliers to set up shop in the U.S., as SK Innovation was attempting to do before its legal battle halted those plans. Regardless, it’s clear that Ford is well aware of the potential problems importing these parts can cause moving forward, especially as it ramps up EV production.

 

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This is a good sign. Unlike his predecessor, he understands that BEVs are the future and that no company can afford to just wait and watch from the sidelines while the transition occurs or they'll be left behind.
 

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I think its more of an appeal to the president to overturn the ruling against SK Innovation - Ford is supposed to get F150 batteries from them.
 

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And they still will for 4 years.
Yes but it is doubtful SK will complete their US factory if the ruling stands. This is a huge issue for such a high volume vehicle to have to be dependent on battery shipments from overseas.
 

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Yes but it is doubtful SK will complete their US factory if the ruling stands. This is a huge issue for such a high volume vehicle to have to be dependent on battery shipments from overseas.
Yes, it's a big deal. But I bet SKI will end up reaching some agreement with LG Chem that involves paying them lots of money to let them continue selling batteries here.
 

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I think its more of an appeal to the president to overturn the ruling against SK Innovation - Ford is supposed to get F150 batteries from them.
I imagine Farley also has the microchip shortages in mind and wants to spur investment in domestic battery production
 

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He has 90 days to overrule the ITC ruling. Obama did it with some quarrel between Apple and Samsung as well.
 

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OFF TOPIC:
This has NOTHING to do with batteries but there is a resemblance to me with Jim Farley and the late Chris Farley. I guess they are cousins or something.
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OFF TOPIC:
This has NOTHING to do with batteries but there is a strong resemblance to me with Jim Farley and the late Chris Farley. I guess they are cousins or something.
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Yes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Farley_(businessman)

James D. Farley Jr. (born June 10, 1962) is an American automotive executive who currently serves as Ford Motor Company's chief executive officer since October 1, 2020.[2] Before joining Ford in November 2007, Farley was group vice president and general manager of Lexus, responsible for all sales, marketing and customer satisfaction activities for Toyota’s luxury brand.[3] From May 2019 to February 2020, Farley served at President, New Business, Technology and Strategy. From June 2017 to May 2019 he served as Executive Vice President and president of Global Markets. From 2015 to 2017, he was CEO and Chairman of Ford Europe. He had an early interest in automobiles, primarily spurred from his grandfather who worked at Henry Ford's River Rouge Plant starting in 1914.

On August 4, 2020, Ford announced that Jim Farley would succeed Jim Hackett as the CEO of Ford on October 1, 2020. At the same time it was announced that Jim Hackett would retire and become a special advisor.[4]
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He was born in Argentina to a father who was a banker, and graduated from Georgetown University and the University of California, Los Angeles.[6] He is a cousin of Chris Farley.
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