Ford supplier obtains permission to produce BYD LFP blade batteries locally.

BorgWarner, a tier-1 automotive supplier in the United States, has secured the rights to manufacture lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery packs for commercial vehicles using BYD’s blade cells. The agreement allows BorgWarner to localize production of these battery packs in Europe, the Americas, and select regions in the Asia Pacific for the next eight years.

This move is motivated by the increasing global importance of LFP battery chemistry due to its cost competitiveness. BorgWarner has recognized a growing demand for packs with LFP cells among its customers.

To achieve this goal, BorgWarner has chosen to collaborate with FinDreams Battery, known for its 20-plus years of experience and success in LFP batteries for the mobility sector across China and Europe. Meanwhile, in China, reports indicated that Tesla had entered the C-sample test phase using vehicles with blade batteries installed.

This comes after a comparison video from China in 2023 that highlighted the differences between Tesla’s 2170 battery pack and BYD Han’s Blade battery. Later, news emerged at the beginning of 2024 that BYD was planning to phase out pouch-type batteries.

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