Ford Boosts BEV Plans with Canadian Lithium Deal

In its bid to secure automotive battery raw materials, Ford has signed an 11-year supply agreement with a lithium mining company in Canada.

Ford is the first automaker customer for with Nemaska Lithium which will supply lithium products, including lithium hydroxide delivering up to 13,000 tons of it per year. The agreement also provides that prior to commencing delivery of lithium hydroxide produced in Bécancour, Nemaska Lithium will supply Ford with spodumene concentrate from its Whabouchi mine. The company’s integrated project is planned to be the first one to produce lithium hydroxide in Québec.

said Lisa Drake, Ford’s vice-president of EV Industrialization, said: “We are proud to work with Nemaska Lithium and its partners, Livent and Investissement Québec. The Nemaska Lithium project will be a sustainable source of lithium, supporting Ford’s ability to scale and helping us make EVs more accessible and affordable over time to millions of customers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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