Acclera by Cummins, Daimler Truck North America and Paccar Select will build a battery cell production plant in Mississippi for commercial electric vehicles expected to create more than 2,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs.   -  Image: Deborah Lockridge

Acclera by Cummins, Daimler Truck North America and Paccar Select will build a battery cell production plant in Mississippi for commercial electric vehicles expected to create more than 2,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs. 

Image: Deborah Lockridge

And the winner is: Marshall County, Mississippi.

Located just south of Memphis, this northern Mississippi county is the future home of a state-of-the-art manufacturing that will supply advanced battery cells to Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Truck and Paccar, the companies said in a press release.

The joint venture between the three OEMs will localize battery cell production for commercial electric vehicles. The 21-gigawatt hour (GWh) factory is expected to begin producing battery cells in 2027.

Cost-Effective and Differentiated Battery Cell Technology

The joint venture between Accelera, Daimler Truck and Paccar was announced in September 2023. The ultimate goal is to create scale to deliver cost-effective and differentiated battery cell technology that supports the adoption of electric vehicles for medium- and heavy-duty commercial transportation.

Accelera, Daimler Truck and Paccar will each own 30% of, and jointly control, the business.

Research, development and production will focus on lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery technology for commercial battery-electric trucks.

Lithion-Iron-Phosphate Technology

EVE Energy will serve as the technology partner in the joint venture with 10% ownership.

EVE Energy is a global developer and manufacturer of LFP battery cells for the vehicle industry. The company will contribute its battery cell design and manufacturing 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 CEO.

“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 CEO, Daimler Truck North America.

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