Daimler Truck’s US Battery Factory Is Being Built in Mississippi

The three partners announced the project in September 2023. The 21 GWh factory is scheduled to begin producing battery cells for electric commercial vehicles in 2027 and create around 2,000 jobs – with the option to expand if demand increases. Eve Energy is the technology partner of the three companies for the production of the LFP cells. The Chinese also hold ten percent of the shares, Daimler Truck, Paccar and Accelera each hold 30 per cent.

In September, the expected investment amount was stated to be in the range of “two to three billion US dollars”. There is no new statement on this in the Mississippi communication.

The notifications about such location decisions usually also explain why a specific area was chosen – for example the local infrastructure, the connection to other plants, the talent pool in the region or the state funding. Daimler Truck’s announcement does not explain the choice for Marshall County in Mississippi. In fact, only the county is mentioned, not a specific municipality.

Instead, representatives of the three major shareholders have their say. “Local production of battery cells is an important part of providing our customers – the transportation fleets that move America and the world – cost-effective offerings to decarbonize their operations,” said John O’Leary, President and CEO of Daimler Truck North America. “We thank the state of Mississippi and Marshall County for supporting us in implementing this effort and in achieving our shared climate goals.”

“For Paccar, the state, communities, and people of Mississippi have always been excellent business partners. We look forward to expanding this partnership in northern Mississippi with this new battery cell factory. This manufacturing facility will be industry-leading and provide cost-effective, zero-emission solutions to our customers,” says Preston Feight, CEO of the company.

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“The site selection is another exciting and concrete step in our Destination Zero strategy and underscores our vision to lead the industry in decarbonization,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cummins. “We look forward to becoming part of Marshall County and supporting economic growth and job creation in Mississippi. At the same time, we continue to expand our strong partnerships and meet our diverse customer needs.”

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