Ford switches to lithium from rare earths in hybrid vehicles

By Laura Syrett
Published: Monday, 17 September 2012

Li-ion batteries cheaper and more efficient than RE technology, says motor company

Ford Motor Company is cutting its consumption of rare earths, used in nickel-metal-hydride batteries in its hybrid electric cars, by 500,000lbs (227,000kg) per year in favour of more cost-effective lithium-ion batteries.

The cars that will be made with the new batteries include the Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid,...

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