Exide India to make Li-ion batteries

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Betting big on the electric vehicle’s future in the country, leading battery maker, Exide Batteries, is planning to set up a lithium ion battery plant by next year. The company has tied up with Chinese major Chaowei Group for its technology and will start the production of the batteries by 2019.

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“It’s a technology partnership for design and manufacture of Lithium Ion batteries with Zhejiang Chaowei Chuangyan Shiye Co Ltd Group. The deal was signed at the beginning of this year and will get over by 2025,” says a senior official to Fortune India.

The company will have a separate plant for the manufacture of lithium ion batteries. It should be noted that the company has been in talks with the Kolkata Port Trust for 25 acres of land. The company has also asked Haldia Development Authority for an additional 25 acres of land. It is not clear if Exide is planning to set up manufacturing plants in these lands or if it would be used for other purposes.

In terms of investments, officials said that over Rs 700 crore were required to build the ecosystem for the production of lithium ion batteries. “ Such a huge investments has to be justified by ample demand in the market,” the official said to the media.

Earlier this year, the company invested Rs 700 crore in developing its state-of-the-art plant in Haldia. The new plant has been manufacturing next-generation automotive batteries using the ‘punched grid technology’ to increase the longevity of the batteries. The company has been in collaboration with the US-based East Penn Manufacturing Company for the technology.

 

 

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