Startup Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) announced two new battery partnerships this week.
China’s battery supplier CATL provides cell-to-pack technology to launch ELMS for use in electric delivery vans assembled in Indiana. ELMS is also partnering with startup Ample to use the latter modular battery replacement system.
Under the battery supply agreement, CATL will supply 42 kwh of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery packs to ELMS Urban Delivery Class 1 commercial vans, according to the company’s press release. The agreement is valid until 2025.
CATL at the Frankfurt Motor Show
CATL, a cell supplier Mercedes Benz EQSBoasts its cell-to-pack technology Can increase energy density by up to 15%, And it is reportedly looking for a manufacturing base in the United States. ELMS also said the technology would simplify manufacturing and reduce costs, adding that the parties are “cooperating on future battery localization in the United States.”
Separately, ELMS and Ample announced this week that they will partner on a “bundle product” that combines an Urban Delivery van with an Ample battery replacement. Van fleets can choose between an “energy as a service” arrangement that allows them to pay only for the energy their customers use, or a “mobility as a service” plan that their customers pay. According to ELMS, instead of owning the vehicle completely, you use it in miles.
Is enough Trying to revive battery replacement In the United States, it hinted that it was Trying to pursue a fleet application.. Collaboration with automakers is important because the startup model relies on a bespoke modular battery architecture.
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ELMS and Ample will be demonstrating test drives and battery replacement in San Francisco by the end of this year. They plan to roll out a battery replacement bundle as early as the second quarter of 2022.
First customer urban delivery vehicle Recently rolled off from the assembly line The factory in Missha Walka, Indiana used to manufacture Hummer. Some of the vehicles will be produced in China and final assembly will take place in Indiana.
ELMS wants to localize its production process in the United States and has already announced plans for a second model. It is a class 3 (large) vehicle called Urban Utility, which is scheduled to start production in the latter half of 2022.
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1133874_catl-cell-to-pack-tech-elms-electric-van-future-battery-swapping CATL cell-to-pack technology for ELMS electric vans manufactured in Indiana, future battery replacement