Ford Introduces 3rd-Generation Hybrids

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Hybrid Cars

Ford’s third-generation hybrid sys­tem will be using lithium-ion bat­ter­ies, and Ford says this will help reduce the use of rare earth met­als. The newer bat­ter­ies will reduce use of up to 500,000 pounds of these met­als per year.

Find out how this trans­lates to both deal­ers and customers.

This reduc­tion of rare earth met­als is impor­tant for both finan­cial and phys­i­cal rea­sons. First, the cost is reduced by 30 per­cent when com­pared to previous-generation hybrid bat­ter­ies. Also, lithium-ion bat­ter­ies are 50 per­cent lighter and 25 to 30 per­cent smaller. The result is bet­ter energy and fuel effi­ciency in Ford’s new elec­tric vehi­cle offerings.

Among the rare earth met­als used in nickel-metal-hydride bat­ter­ies are neodymium, cerium, lan­thanum and praseodymium, none of which are used in the new lithium-ion bat­ter­ies. Addi­tion­ally, Ford has reduced its use of dys­pro­sium by approx­i­mately 50 per­cent in mag­nets employed in the hybrid system’s elec­tric machines.

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