Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has announced that Compact Power Inc. (CPI), a subsidiary of LG Chem, will build lithium-ion battery packs for the Ford Focus Electric, which will go on sale in the U.S. in 2011. CPI also supplies battery packs for the Chevrolet Volt.

“CPI is an emerging leader in the lithium-ion battery field and we are pleased to have them as a strategic supplier as we prepare to bring the Ford Focus Electric to market,” said Sherif Marakby, director of sustainable mobility products and hybrids. “We are moving aggressively with our electrification strategy and our work to help make Michigan a centre of excellence for a range of electrified vehicles.”

Based in Troy, Michigan, CPI will begin battery pack assembly for the Ford Ford Electric next year, and is finalizing a production site selection for the U.S. The lithium-ion cells themselves will initially be sourced from Korea through LG Chem, but will eventually be produced at a new site in Holland, Michigan.

The Focus Electric, a full battery-electric passenger car, will be produced at Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan. Later this year, the plant will begin producing gasoline versions of the all-new 2011 Focus. The plant, a former SUV factory, will also produce a next-generation hybrid and plug-in hybrid in 2012, with all vehicles built off the company’s new global C-car platform.

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