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Ford announces new battery lab

DEARBORN (WKZO) -- Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan are planning to open a new battery research and manufacturing lab.

The eight-million dollar lab will focus on making electric vehicle batteries cheaper and longer-lasting.  According to officials, the lab will allow automakers, battery makers and individual researchers to test battery cells in an effort to create more efficient battery packs.

The lab will be housed at the U of M Energy Institute and is expected to open by next fall.