Accelera, Daimler, PACCAR pick Mississippi for battery plant

Accelera, Daimler, PACCAR pick Mississippi for battery plant

The plant will focus on batteries for medium- and heavy-duty commercial transport and create more than 2,000 jobs.

Accelera — the zero-emissions business segment of Cummins Inc. — Daimler Truck and PACCAR selected Marshall County, Mississippi, as the future site of advanced battery cell manufacturing for their planned joint venture. The joint venture will localize battery cell production for commercial electric vehicles and is expected to create more than 2,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs, with the option for further expansion as demand grows. The companies expect to begin producing battery cells at the 21-gigawatt hour (GWh) factory in 2027.

The joint venture between Accelera, Daimler Truck and PACCAR was announced in September and aims to create scale capable of delivering cost effective and differentiated battery cell technology, supporting the adoption of EVs for medium- and heavy-duty commercial transportation. Accelera, Daimler Truck and PACCAR will each own 30% of, and jointly control, the business, which will focus on the lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery technology for commercial battery-electric trucks. EVE Energy, a manufacturer of LFP battery cells, will serve as the technology partner in the joint venture with 10% ownership and will contribute its battery cell design and manufacturing expertise to the future cell manufacturing plant.

“This 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.”

“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,” said John O’Leary, president and chief executive officer, Daimler Truck North America. “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. 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,” said Preston Feight, chief executive officer of PACCAR.

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