Company officials said Ford eventually will make its own battery cells.
SK did not immediately respond to a request for comment. SK expects to begin producing batteries at the Jackson County factory next year.
“We continue to value our relationships with battery and battery tech suppliers,” Flake said.
Lithium-ion batteries are the most important part of an electric vehicle, replacing hundreds of parts used in gas-powered vehicles. Industry experts have said that a potential lithium shortage could threaten the industry’s expansion.