Electrification holding grows lithium-ion battery cell manufacturer’s portfolio, builds on supply agreement announced in 1Q 2022 and joint development agreement announced in 2021.
PHOENIX – KORE Power, Inc. (KORE), a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of lithium-ion battery cells, acquired a 4.22 percent stake in ZEVx, an innovative start-up dedicated to eliminating barriers to electric vehicle adoption with affordable EV conversion kits and a focus on fleet electrification. Earlier this year, KORE announced a supply agreement with ZEVx to provide KORE battery modules for ZEVx’s electric powertrain kits through 2030.
“KORE Power produces the battery cells that provide the backbone of electrification, and ZEVx is accelerating vehicle electrification with products that allow for rapid, affordable conversion of fleet vehicles,” said Lindsay Gorrill, CEO and Co-Founder of KORE Power. “Our joint product development and investment will help ZEVx realize the promise of these innovations at a time when moving to electric vehicles makes so much sense economically and environmentally.”
Based in Gilbert, AZ – just an hour east of KORE Power’s planned KOREPlex gigafactory – ZEVx manufactures electric powertrain solutions that allow fleet customers to convert existing light-medium duty fleet vehicles to EVs. Formerly known as Zero Electric Vehicles, Inc., the company is also partnering with KORE Power to develop new advances in vehicle battery efficiency and safety.
“We’re proud to be two American companies putting American IP to work here in Arizona to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy independence, and eliminate barriers to EV adoption,” said Carolyn Maury, the CEO of ZEVx. “With KORE Power officially on our team, we can accelerate the deployment of our products to deliver these benefits to our customers.
“When fleets are electrified, the benefits – from reduced pollution to lower maintenance and fuel costs – reverberate in communities across the nation,” she said.
The investment expands KORE Power’s presence in the e-mobility space. In March, the company launched its KORE Solutions division after acquiring Northern Reliability, a Vermont-based energy storage solution provider. Later this year, KORE Power will break ground on the KOREPlex, a 2 million-square-foot manufacturing facility, which will produce up to 12 GWh of lithium-ion battery cells annually. The KOREPlex will allow the company to produce a domestic battery supply for e-mobility manufacturers and energy storage projects starting in 2024.