The factory is slated to open in 2027 with a focus on lithium-ion-phosphate electric batteries.  -  Image: Canva

The factory is slated to open in 2027 with a focus on lithium-ion-phosphate electric batteries.

Image: Canva

In September 2023, Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Truck, and PACCAR announced plans for a joint venture to localize production of electric battery cells for trucks and school buses in the United States.

Now, the joint venture has a site in mind.

Mississippi – specifically Marshall County - is set to be home to a factory to make lithium-ion-phosphate batteries that would provide 2,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs, with the possibility of expansion as demand grows. The factory is expected to open in 2027.

EVE Energy is serving as the technology partner for the joint venture, contributing battery cell design and manufacturing expertise.

“The site selection represents an exciting and tangible step toward advancing our Destination Zero strategy and our vision to lead the industry toward a decarbonized future,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins chair and chief executive officer. “We are excited to join the Marshall County community to drive economic growth and job creation in Mississippi, while continuing to expand our strong partnerships and serve the diverse needs of our customers.”

John O’Leary, president and CEO of Daimler Truck North America, said: “Localized battery cell production is an important component of delivering our customers – the fleets that keep America and the world moving – cost effective options for decarbonizing their operations. We’re grateful to the state of Mississippi and the Marshall County community for joining us in achieving this goal and helping to realize our shared climate goals.”

“The state, the communities, and the people of Mississippi are wonderful business partners for PACCAR,” said Preston Freight, PACCAR’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to expanding that partnership in northern Mississippi with this new battery cell factory that will provide industry-leading cost effective zero-emissions solutions for our customers.”

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