LAKE ORION—American Battery Solutions Inc., the Lake Orion-based maker of lithium ion batteries, announced an increase in size of its Michigan Innovation Center from 40,000 square feet to 115,000 square feet, a move that will create 75 jobs.
Financial details of the expansion were not disclosed.
Company officials said the expansion and employment growth supports the company’s growing customer base and contract awards. ABS has added engineering, test and research jobs to support both internal product development and custom battery pack contract awards. These additions bring the ABS headcount in Michigan and Ohio to 155 team members.
“ABS has seen continued growth despite the Covid-19 pandemic and needs to expand our Lake Orion facility and staff to support our growing customer base and line of renewable modular battery pack technologies,” said Subhash Dhar, founder, chairman, and CEO of American Battery Solutions. “This expansion of the Michigan Innovation Center reflects the success of our promise to pursue business opportunities in underserved and emerging market segments. Product features that include modularity and scalability with advanced management and control systems have proven very attractive to our industrial, commercial and heavy-duty vehicle customers.”
The growth is driven in part by customer adoption of ABS’s recently launched product line, the Alliance Intelligent Battery Series of lithium-ion batteries for motive and industrial applications. The all-new Alliance E48-2.0 is the first product in the Alliance Intelligent Battery Series. This is a scalable architecture in 2-kilowatt-hour increments designed for light electric vehicles and new OEM designs to optimize packaging space and vehicle range.
ABS will follow on later this year with the introduction of its Industrial Series batteries. These will be available as the I24-3.0 and I48-3.0 series for industrial applications. The I24-3.0 is perfect for low-voltage lithium-ion batteries drop-in retrofits of lead-acid batteries in motive power applications such as utility vehicles, floor cleaning machines, pallet jacks and mobile elevated work platforms. The I48-3.0 comes in the popular GC2 size (a.k.a. T105) form factor with the highest energy content on the market. The I48-3.0 is ideal for drop-in retrofits of lead-acid batteries in motive poser applications like golf carts, mobile elevated work platforms and floor machines.
Expansion in the facility is also being driven by several recent customer awards for high-voltage battery packs and solutions for light commercial delivery and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. The new areas will house additional engineering test labs, a Hardware-in-the-Loop BMS development lab, and a prototype battery pack assembly line that will complement the existing module prototype line and space to house the growing employee base. In addition to the customer projects, the team is also developing a new line of standardized, high-voltage battery packs branded as the ProLiance Intelligent Battery Systems.
ABS experts have helped launch battery programs for some of the most well-known programs like the GM EV1 and Chevrolet Volt with companies like General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Daimler-Mercedes, Rivian, Karma, and others.
ABS operates a 120,000-square-foot technical center in Michigan and a dedicated 170,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Ohio. It employs more than 150 people in Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, Texas and California.
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