July 11, 2019: German lithium battery maker Akasol is to open its first production facility in the US in response to growing demand for its high-energy battery modules, the company announced on June 26.
The $40 million plant will be built in Detroit, Michigan, with production slated to begin in 2020 and capacity to reach 400MWh a year in 2021.
The company says the state of Michigan has given its full backing to the plan, awarding a business development grant to help with construction costs. The facility will have a similar capacity to the current one in Langen, Germany, and will initially focus on the second generation AKASystem OEM PRC battery system, with high energy density battery systems to follow.
Akasol’s batteries are mainly used in commercial vehicles, buses, trains, industrial vehicles and the marine sector.
“Two thirds of the initial capacity of this US production facility will cater for new customers, with the remaining third dedicated to our existing ones,” said Roy Schulde, president of Akasol’s US subsidiary, Akasol, Inc.
“The high-performance lithium ion battery systems manufactured at the site will be developed, tested and produced to be used on projects across the transportation sector, which is seeing ever-increasing electrification solutions entering the market.”