Ford is partnering with South Korean battery producers SK On and EcoPro BM to construct a cathode manufacturing facility in Quebec, Canada. The CAD $1.2 billion (USD $890 million) joint funding will present battery supplies to produce future Ford electrical automobiles.
The onshoring of battery factories within the U.S. has boomed because the passage of the Inflation Discount Act in August 2022, which affords a spread of tax credit for the manufacturing of unpolluted vitality. Ford, in partnership with SK On, has already pledged to spend near $15 billion throughout three battery cell manufacturing services within the U.S. with an anticipated collective capability of 164 gigawatt-hours yearly.
Now, the automaker is working to safe its provide of battery supplies in order that its automobiles can qualify for the IRA’s EV tax credit score.
The credit score affords shoppers $7,500 if the car they purchase meets sure battery sourcing and manufacturing pointers. The IRA requires that 60% of the worth of battery elements be produced or assembled in North America in 2024 to qualify for half of the tax credit score, $3,750. That share will improve to 100% beginning in 2029. To get the remaining half, 50% of the worth of important supplies have to be sourced from the U.S. or a free commerce settlement nation in 2024 and 80% from 2027 to 2032.
Different automakers are making strikes to shore up battery materials provide, as properly. On Wednesday, Basic Motors introduced an funding into battery supplies startup Mitra Chem, which is creating iron-based cathode supplies. In Could, Tesla shared plans to construct a lithium refinery plant in Texas.
Development on the Ford-SK-EcoPro facility has already begun, and manufacturing of the three million-square-foot manufacturing unit is slated to start within the first half of 2026. The location can have the capability to supply as much as 45,000 tons of cathode energetic materials per 12 months, in response to Ford. The automaker estimates the brand new manufacturing unit will produce 345 new jobs in Quebec.
EcoPro will construct the cathode energetic supplies, particularly high-quality nickel cobalt manganese. The corporate will even work on R&D to extend battery security, efficiency and productiveness whereas reducing the environmental footprint of the manufacturing course of.
As soon as the deal is closed, EcoPro’s Canadian counterpart, EcoPro CAM Canada, will oversee day-to-day operations of the power. SK On and Ford will change into buyers.
Ford isn’t the one one which will probably be utilizing the cathode supplies from the brand new Canadian facility. SK On’s U.S. subsidiary, SK Battery America, has invested $2.6 billion into two of its personal manufacturing crops in Jackson County, Georgia. SK On can be partnering with Hyundai to construct a plant, and collectively, the corporate expects its annual manufacturing capability within the U.S. to succeed in greater than 180 GWh after 2025.
“By the cathode [joint venture], the three firms can have a steady provide of battery uncooked supplies in North America,” stated SK On’s chief industrial officer Min-suk Sung in an announcement.