Back in September, last year, Accelera by Cummins, Paccar and Daimler Truck announced a joint venture aimed at producing battery cells in the U.S. Now, the three partners announced the location of the very first battery cell production site in the country. The site will be built in Marshall County, Mississippi and is expected to create more than 2,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs, with the option for further expansion as demand grows. The 21-gigawatt hour (GWh) factory is expected to begin producing battery cells in 2027.

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 global leading company in the manufacture of LFP battery cells for the vehicle industry, will serve as the technology partner in the joint venture with 10% ownership and will contribute its industry-leading battery cell design and manufacturing expertise to the future cell manufacturing plant.

Statements from Paccar, Cummins and Daimler Truck

“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,” addedb John O’Leary, president and CEO, 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, PACCAR Chief Executive Officer.

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