Ford hires ex-Tesla exec Annie Liu to find EV supplies

Annie Liu, former head of supply chain, battery and energy at electric vehicle maker Tesla, is now guiding Ford Motor Co. through ongoing supply challenges and material cost issues, the automaker revealed Thursday.

Securing materials for the Mustang Mach-E and Ford F-150 Lightning is essential to Ford’s strategic plan to rapidly expand its electric vehicle production rate. 

Liu plays a key role now as executive director of purchasing for the Ford Model e line of all-electric products and technology, Ford noted Thursday during a media call that included industry analysts.

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Ford executives discussed the company’s contracts with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. of China for lithium-iron phosphate batteries starting next year. This follows news of a contract with SK Innovation of Korea that includes building batteries in a joint venture at plants to be constructed in Kentucky and Tennessee. Ford also is getting batteries from LG Energy Solution of Korea.

‘A lot of work ahead’

At issue is an overwhelming demand for lithium and nickel, said Lisa Drake, Ford vice president of EV industrialization.



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