Ford Introduces 3rd-Generation Hybrids

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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