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Accelera, Daimler, Paccar launch battery production facility

June 11, 2024
Amplify's first CEO is Kel Kearns, with its first facility to open in Mississippi in 2027.

Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Truck & Buses US Holding, and Paccar completed their joint venture, Amplify Cell Technologies, to localize battery cell production and the battery supply chain in the U.S. Additionally, Amplify named Kel Kearns as its new chief executive officer.

“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,” said Jennifer Rumsey, chair and CEO, Cummins. “Amplify Cell Technologies will enable Accelera by Cummins and our partners to deliver solutions that best serve our customers and the planet. This is a significant step forward as we lead our industry into the next era of smarter, cleaner power.”

Read more: Cummins, Daimler, Paccar to pour up to $3B into battery cell production plant in the US

Amplify will construct a 21-gigawatt-hour factory in Marshall County, Mississippi, which is set to open in 2027. The facility may also expand as demand for its differentiated lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery cells grows.

Kearns has held several leadership roles in the automotive and manufacturing industries. Most recently, he served with the Ford Motor Company for nearly three decades, with his last posting prior to joining Amplify Cell Technologies as the plant manager for BlueOval city, Ford's Tennessee Electric Vehicle Center. 

Accelera, Daimler, Paccar each own 30% of Amplify.  EVE Energy, a lithium ion and lithium battery supplier, is the company's technology partner and holds 10% ownership. EVE Energy is also providing its battery cell design and manufacturing expertize to the venture.

About the Author

Alex Keenan

Alex Keenan is an Associate Editor for Fleet Maintenance magazine. She has written on a variety of topics for the past several years and recently joined the transportation industry, reviewing content covering technician challenges and breaking industry news. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

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