German-based Akasol AG recently announced the production readiness of a battery pack with record-setting energy density. The 48-volt pack will initially be used for the mass transit sector, then expanding to heavy equipment. Possibly the most important part of the announcement however, is this new tech will be built in the United States.
- Akasol, a German lithium-ion battery specialist has three decades of experience producing packs for commercial equipment.
- Its latest pack is based on a 48-volt architecture, made with nickel-manganese-cobalt chemistry cells.
- The company has announced construction of a new factory, specifically for these battery packs, in the Detroit, Michigan area to begin in 2020.
The Akasol AKASYSTEM CYC battery pack will be scalable for different applications. The first will be electric buses, but could eventually be used in everything from construction equipment to passenger electric vehicles. (Photo: Akasol)
Akasol has been making battery systems for everything from boats, to buses, to passenger EVs for over three decades. The company specializes in lithium-ion technology and has developed a new chemistry for its AKASYSTEM CYC battery packs that promises to give vehicles as much as 60% greater range by mass.
The new technology battery pack is based on Akasol’s 21700 nickel-manganese-cobalt cells. Initially, the packs will be built in 48-volt versions for use in mass transit applications. The same technology can be scaled to over 600-volt packs for use in things like electrically powered construction equipment.
The big news is that Akasol is building a new factory in the Detroit Metro area of Michigan to manufacture the AKASYSTEM CYC battery packs. The factory will initially bring roughly 200 jobs to the area and represents an investment in the neighborhood of $50 million over the next five years. The factory is expected to ramp up to running three eight-hour shifts by 2021.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Manufacturers do whatever they can to insulate themselves from currency fluctuations, government imposed tariffs and political uncertainty. With the ability to source battery packs made in the United States, more manufacturers are likely to build factories for buses, cars or equipment here as well.