Cummins backs new battery technology

Cummins has announced it is investing in Sion Power which is a developer of next-generation rechargeable batteries.

Sion Power will design and supply battery cells based on its proprietary Licerion Electric Vehicle lithium metal technology for applications in commercial electric vehicles.

Under the agreement between the two companies, Sion Power will engage in a multi-year development program to design and supply large format lithium metal battery cells for use in Cummins battery packs which will be integrated into Cummins electric power trains.

“Cummins is an ideal partner for Sion Power to enable this next generation of electric mobility and significantly support the decarbonisation of the transportation industry,” said Tracy Kelly, Sion Power Chief Executive Officer.

Sion Power’s high-energy battery chemistry is an important component of Cummins’ roadmap to electrify the company’s commercial vehicle products.

The Liceron technology is an advanced approach to lithium-metal batteries and provides twice the energy in the same size and weight battery compared to traditional lithium-ion batteries.

“Our customers rely on Cummins to provide the most robust electric powertrains in the world,” said Amy Davis, Vice President at Cummins and President of the company’s New Power division.

“We need battery technologies that will meet the performance and cost expectations for tough commercial vehicle duty cycles.”

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