Litarion signs MOU to Deliver Li-ion Cells for Electric Buses
Electrovaya Inc. announced that its fully-owned subsidiary Litarion GmbH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a leading European battery OEM who designs and integrates battery systems for e-mobility applications especially Electric buses. Electrovaya will provide its cells with unparalleled safety and cycle life performance to the OEM. The OEM will assemble the cells into electric bus batteries.
Deliveries start in Q4, CY 2016 and then grow quickly into 2017. The MoU also sets out the specific cell pricing and specific cells sizes and energy capacity to be delivered to the OEM. This MOU envisages production demand around Euro 11 million (US $12 million, Cdn $16 million) in 2017 and growing exponentially thereafter into the fast growing electric bus market in Europe and Asia, a new market segment for Electrovaya
Typical electric bus batteries could be as large as 300 kWh per bus and a recent market analyst estimates that the electric bus market will require about $32 Billion of lithium ion batteries in the next 10 years.
Electrovayaâ€™s technology and products are uniquely suited to this electric mobility market as two of the critical performance parameters are highest cycle life and highest safety, both uniquely available from Electrovaya.
â€œWe are pleased with this MoU, as this was achieved through intensive testing and validation against intense global competitionâ€, said Fritz Mueller, Head of European Sales. â€œWe believe, we will become a major supplier of Lithium ion cells and batteries to this emerging electric bus industrial sectorâ€, said Mr. Mueller. â€œOur OEM partner has production facilities in both China and Europe and capable of driving massive sales.â€