Electric automaker Omega Seiki plans to bring advanced BM-LMP (Bio-mineralized lithium mixed metal phosphate) batteries to India in association with US based C4V. C4V is engaged in manufacturing of Lithium-ion cells and batteries with plants in New York and Endicott in the USA and Townsvilles in Australia. The company will be introducing its unique Nickel and Cobalt free chemistry in India by initially importing the batteries from USA for use in the electric vehicles made by Omega Seiki Mobility. C4V is also planning to set up a first 5 GWh Lithium Ion cell manufacturing plant in India under the PLI scheme and is in advanced stages of finalising the location for the facility.
Initially, C4V will be supplying Omega Seiki Mobility its BM-LMP batteries that have an energy density of 200 Wh/kg which is 20% more than the LFP batteries available in the market. Besides, these are more affordable and safer than traditional batteries, says C4V who eventually plans to produce Solid State batteries with 400Wh/kg energy density in India to cater to the EV and Renewable market. The raw material and chemicals required for are abundant and easily available in India without involving hazardous extraction and mining process, said a company representative.
Notably, C4V is associated with Mr. Stan Wittngham – one of the recepients of the the 2019 Nobel Prize for the development of Li-ion batteries. The company claims that its cell manufacturing process has a 85% less carbon footprint in comparison to other chemistries and offers twice the life cycle of traditional lithium-ion batteries (as per Life cycle assessment by New York State Government’s NYSERDA). C4V has secured its supply chain for the next 30-35 years by qualifying vendors from South America, North America and Canada.
MoU between OSM and C4V
C4V claims to have the proven technology to produce Li-ion batteries with liquid electrolyte, semi solid as well as solid state batteries. Initially, BM-LMP batteries with liquid electrolyte will be introduced, however the MoU signed between the two companies aims to see the manufacturing of solid-state batteries first time in India for Omega Seiki’s range of electric vehicles.
Dr. Deb Mukherji, Managing Director, Omega Seiki Mobility, added, “C4V India is going to be a major player in solid-state batteries globally, not only for India as we will export our vehicles soon. This is a top-notch technology enhancement for our vehicles and we are very pleased to be the first in the market to work with the solid-state technology”.
Speaking on the partnership, Shailesh Upreti, Founder of C4V said “It gives me an immense pleasure to share that C4V is going to be the lead company introducing thermally stable Solid-State batteries for the first time in the Indian Market. Our manufacturing platform is highly compatible to countries yet to develop cell manufacturing supply chain. We are looking at a modest speed scale up to target of 5GW in 3 years from now.”
Kuldeep Gupta, VP Strategic partnership C4V said “The MoU signed today will pave the way to introduce state-of-the-art solid-state batteries in India as a part of the government’s plan to manufacture Li-Ion batteries in India.” In an exclusive interaction with EVreporter, Kuldeep also mentioned that the company is looking to invest USD 550 million over the next 5 years with initial investment of USD 200 million over first 2 years to build the 1 GWh cell manufacturing capacity.
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