Electric Last Mile Solutions in Troy, which is developing an Urban Delivery Vehicle, has entered into partnerships with Jing-Jin Electric North America and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. for its vehicle’s powertrain components.
JJE has its North American headquarters in Farmington Hills and is a leader in electrified propulsion technologies. CATL is a Chinese company that develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries.
JJE will provide electric motors and related development and engineering support for the Urban Delivery Vehicle, which is expected to be the first commercial Class 1 (0-6,000 pounds) EV when it begins production in the second half of 2021.
JJE also plans to localize production in North America, which ELMS says will further enhance collaborative product development as well as just-in-time production, supply chain efficiency, and quality metrics.
CATL has separately agreed to supply its battery cells for the ELMS battery pack. CATL’s lithium-iron phosphate battery chemistry will enable high levels of safety and reliability, long cycle life, cost savings, and manufacturing simplicity, according to ELMS.
“We’re thrilled to partner with both JJE and CATL, two leading innovators in the field of electric propulsion systems,” says Kev Adjemian, chief technology officer at ELMS. “Pairing ELMS’ vehicle integration engineering expertise with JJE and CATL’s technologies will help us to ensure that our last-mile fleet customers are provided with leading and reliable electric powertrain technologies to power their businesses.”