F-150 Lightning manufacturing halt, LFP batteries, VW plug-in hybrids, Ford hub motors: Right this moment’s Automotive Information


Ford plans to make LFP batteries for EVs and can quickly put them in Mach-E and F-150 Lightning. A battery concern has halted Lightning manufacturing. All eyes are on Tesla and whether or not it’s going to open up its Supercharger {hardware}. And Volkswagen is again to previous messaging on plug-in hybrids. This and extra, right here at Inexperienced Automotive Reviews. 

Ford Monday confirmed a Michigan battery plant that, beginning in 2026, will make cheaper lithium iron phosphate (LFP) EV batteries utilizing tech from China’s CATL. Within the meantime, the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning are set to get this tech over the following yr.

A battery concern has halted Ford F-150 Lightning manufacturing, though that hasn’t affected gross sales fairly but. With an evaluation underway, it’s additionally not but clear whether or not this is a matter that may result in a recall. 

Earlier than its personal self-imposed disruption of Dieselgate, VW noticed plug-in hybrids as a “bridge” to EVs. After years of claiming that hybrids and PHEVs for the U.S. will solely divert the main focus from its totally electrical fashions, VW seems to be returning to that previous messaging. 

Requirements for federal EV charging websites are due quickly. Will Tesla open its Supercharger community to different EVs and increase its proprietary connectors to entry that authorities funding?

And Ford has patented the mix of a solid-axle and hub-motor mixture for EVs, and it reminds us of the setup utilized by Lordstown Motors within the Endurance—a setup Ford had mentioned wasn’t sturdy sufficient for the F-150 Lightning. May it make sense in any case in a future off-roader?

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