fordfocuselectric
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Panasonic to supply batteries for Fusion Energi, Cmax Energi

Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:45 am

Last week Panasonic announced that it signed a deal with Ford to provide lithium-ion cells for it's vehicles. Terms of the deal specify that Panasonic will supply battery cells for the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Fusion Energi, as well as the Ford Cmax Hybrid and Ford Cmax Energi. Panasonic will supply the lithium-ion battery cells and Panasonic will assemble them in-house.

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Ford is switching from the planned nickel metal hydride batteries to the lithium-ion technology. The lithium-ion batteries will improve Ford's electric vehicles, providing more stored power in the same area, and weighing less than the nickel metal hydride batteries.

The lithium-ion packs will provide 35kW of power, compared to the 25kW from the older Fusion Hybrid NiMH pack. The lithium-ion batteries are lighter and boost specific power to 0.84kW/kg, compared to the 0.412kW/kg of the old NiMH battery packs.

Panasonic has supplied nickel-based battery systems for the Ford Escape Hybrid since 2004.

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evlove
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Re: Panasonic to supply batteries for Fusion Energi, Cmax En

Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:08 pm

Thanks for sharing the link on the Ford Focus Electric Forum!

Interesting that this article doesn't mention the Ford Focus Electric, only the C-max Energi and the Fusion Energi - perhaps this is because the Ford Focus Electric already has a battery contract in place? Maybe once that contract expires, Ford will be looking to Panasonic for the Focus Electric battery packs as well.

Robert
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Re: Panasonic to supply batteries for Fusion Energi, Cmax En

Mon May 14, 2012 8:34 pm

The Ford Focus electric forums is full of good info. That is an impressive battery Panasonic is getting in the ford focus electric. It's pretty crazy to think about how much power one of those stores compared to my cell hone battery. The focus ev is a great car all around.

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