Chinese Battery Supplier Sets Up an Office in Texas
Microvast has established a sales office outside Houston for its heavy duty lithium ion battery systems. The Chinese manufacturer says “expects to put its first e-buses on the road in 2017” in the U.S.
Microvast says it delivered battery systems for more than 7,500 all-electric and hybrid-electric buses for metropolitan transit worldwide in 2016 – setting a new company high.
“As of the end of 2016, more than 15,000 Microvast battery-powered buses were operating in public transport networks in China, as well as in five countries in Europe,” states a release. “Collectively, Microvast electric buses have traveled over one billion kilometers [more than 620 million miles] without failures or safety issues.”
Three Lithium Chemistries
The company offers three types of lithium batteries – “with different chemistries and performance characteristics as required by the diverse markets for high-performance batteries” – including batteries capable of ultra-fast charging.
Microvast says it’s fully vertically integrated in battery production. It entered the electric and hybrid bus business in 2010, focusing primarily on Europe and China. Now the company has an office in Sugar Land, Texas.
U.S. Manufacturing Too
The U.S. emphasis is hybrid and battery-electric buses as well as opportunities in truck electrification, mining, and grid-scale energy storage.
“We’re moving forward with a major expansion of our U.S. activities, beginning with establishing a manufacturing facility, hiring more staff, and creating partnerships to support that effort,” marketing VP Hanko Song said in a release.
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Source: Microvast with Fleets & Fuels follow-up