Ford plans to use batteries supplied by BYD

Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD Co Ltd will supply EV batteries to U.S. automaker Ford, a document on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the Chinese government showed on Monday. Ford’s China venture with Changan Automobile Co., Ltd. is seeking government approval to build a plug-in hybrid model equipped with BYD’s batteries, according to the document.

This marks BYD’s first-known battery supply deal with a major global automaker.

Shenzhen-based BYD, which is backed by U.S. investor Warren Buffett, said it would supply EV components including batteries and power management devices.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said last year it planned to launch more than 30 new or significantly redesigned models in China by the end of 2021, of which over a third will be electric vehicles.

Ford and BYD did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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