Ford plans to create a $185M battery development lab in Michigan

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it plans to accelerate battery development by devoting a team of 150 people to a new “Ford Ion Park,” described by the automaker as a $185 million project focused on technology research — “including the future of battery manufacturing.”

The 200,000-square-foot lab will be located in southeast Michigan and will open in late 2022. Ford did not specify a location, nor did it say how many new jobs might be created. 

Ford also announced Tuesday it is putting a battery and benchmarking lab in Allen Park.

While it is not planning to manufacture a large volume of batteries, the company does plan to do pilot manufacturing. 

Part of the inspiration for this effort is driven by supply chain challenges in recent months that have created costly disruptions in the automotive industry and others.