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Date: June 6, 2024
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Amplify Cell Technologies: The new joint venture that will localise battery cell production in the U.S.

Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Truck, and PACCAR are leading the transition of the commercial vehicle sector towards zero-emission technologies by creating a joint venture. Kel Kearns has been appointed as the new CEO. When will Amplify Cell Technologies begin production?
Amplify Cell TechnologiesThe new joint venture that will localise battery cell production in the U.S.

Accelera by Cummins, the zero-emissions business unit of Cummins Inc., Daimler Trucks & Buses US Holding LLC and PACCAR have completed the formation of their joint venture, now known as Amplify Cell Technologies, to localize battery cell production and the battery supply chain in the United States (U.S.).

This strategic collaboration will advance zero-emissions technology for electric commercial vehicles and industrial applications.

Amplify will soon begin construction of a 21-gigawatt hour (GWh) factory in Marshall County, Miss., with potential for further expansion as demand grows.

The factory is expected to create more than 2,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs and is targeting the start of production in 2027.

Amplify Cell Technologies has named Kel Kearns as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Kearns will lead Amplify in producing differentiated lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery cells that create value for commercial vehicle customers in North America.

Kearns’ career spans several decades holding various roles in automotive and manufacturing industries, with his most recent responsibility focused on large-scale electric vehicle manufacturing.

Accelera, Daimler Truck and PACCAR each own 30 percent of the business.

EVE Energy serves as the technology partner with ten percent ownership and contributes its industry-leading battery cell design and manufacturing expertise to the venture.

EVE Energy is a global technology leader in the manufacture of LFP battery cells for the vehicle industry.

“Cummins’ power solutions are at the heart of the economy, and we have the responsibility to decarbonize in a way that meets our customers’ varied needs as they navigate the energy transition,” says Jennifer Rumsey, Chair and CEO, Cummins Inc.

“Amplify Cell Technologies will enable Accelera by Cummins and our partners to advance battery cells focused on commercial and industrial applications in North America and serve our customers’ evolving needs. This is a significant step forward as we continue leading our industry into the next era of smarter, cleaner power,” she adds.

“Amplify Cell Technologies will enable PACCAR to offer customers cost-effective premium quality battery electric powertrains that meet their operational and sustainability needs,” states Preston Feight, PACCAR Chief Executive Officer.

John O’Leary, President and CEO of Daimler Truck North America, indicates: “For Daimler Truck, a strict focus on costs and smart capital allocation are the key levers to succeed on the path toward truly sustainable transportation. This partnership enables economies of scale beyond Daimler Truck.”

“It is a key puzzle piece of our battery industrialization strategy, ensuring access to the right battery cell technology at the right cost and right time for our customers,” he adds.

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