Cell Propulsion launches first battery production line
Date: 29 Jul 2021
Cell Propulsion, an electric mobility start-up, inaugurated
its pilot production plant in Bengaluru for the manufacturing, assembly and
testing of Li-ion battery packs. The maximum output capacity of this pilot
plant is 500kW-hr per month. These battery packs will be installed in the eLCVs
that they are manufacturing.
Founded by former ISRO engineers, Cell Propulsion offers
smart and electric fleet management solutions. It is focused on the design and
development of electric commercial vehicles (eCVs - eLCVs and eTrucks). They
deploy these vehicles as part of a fully managed solution to make the adoption
of eCVs by logistics and transportation companies completely seamless.
The battery system for commercial vehicle application is a
very different design problem compared to the design of battery packs for
passenger vehicles or light vehicles. Cell Propulsion has successfully
engineered a reliable system, for the purposes of both Light and Heavy
Commercial Vehicles, which is modular, robust and has simple implementation.
The company has employed novel design approaches to develop
battery systems that will consider safety, thermal performance, structural
loads, power delivery and modularity. The battery management system designed by
Cell Propulsion implements proprietary algorithms for state estimation of
battery packs - typically for charge and health.
The commissioning of the pilot line for producing
automotive-grade (AIS-48 certified) battery packs is a major milestone in the
journey to deploy class-leadingeLCVs for their customers. This launch comes
after Cell Propulsion raised $2 million in June 2021 from a clutch of private
equity investors, including Endiya Partners, GrowX Ventures, Huddle Accelerator
and Micelio. Last September, the company had also raised $1 million in a
pre-series A round of fundraising.