Other investors in the Series A include hybrid manufacturing partner FNA Group as well as a battery-cell equipment manufacturing company.
“Our vision is to help the United States rapidly electrify, and energy storage is the only solution that makes this possible,” said Jim Ge, CEO of American Battery Factory. “The first major step on this journey will be the construction in Arizona of the largest U.S. gigafactory for producing lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cells, with initial development funded by this Series A round. We anticipate delivering our first battery cells within the next 18 months.”
Investor Lion Energy, a developer and manufacturer of high-quality energy storage products for personal and commercial use, incubated ABF for 18 months before its unveiling to the public in March 2022. ABF entered into an offtake agreement with Lion Energy in May 2022 to deliver 18 GWh of LFP battery cells beginning with high-capacity prismatic cells offering 105 to 300 Ah outputs. These are designed for a range of Lion Energy solutions, including portable solar generators along with residential, commercial and utility grid-level lithium battery-based energy storage systems.
"We can't move to an entirely green energy economy as a country and society without high-quality lithium batteries," said Frank Davis, CEO of Lion Energy. "ABF and Lion Energy are dedicated to creating the pathway to 100% renewable energy. As one of the fastest-growing pack integrators, Lion Energy is pleased to participate in ABF’s Series A funding to help expedite its production of the safest, longest-lasting, most reliable and eco-friendly batteries currently available.”
Investor FNA Group is a state-of-the-art hybrid manufacturing partner that will provide its sophisticated technology to ABF’s battery cell production. Formed in 1988, FNA Group today is the market leader in pressure washers and one of the most vertically integrated power equipment manufacturers in the industry with a global presence across the United States, China, Italy and Australia. The company recently announced the move of critical component manufacturing to North America to field a more robust R&D team to innovate new and more efficient products.
“Our focus as a company is to bring our entire supply chain to North America and this is now possible through American Battery Factory,” said Gus Alexander, CEO of FNA Group. “Our global plan is to electrify all our next generation of products by utilizing ABF battery cells. We are proud to support the company in this round of funding to ensure a domestic supply chain for all.”
Keeping its commitment to a U.S.-made battery cell supply, ABF will work with FNA Group to build top-of-the-line automation products for its gigafactory. This will allow the company to create fully automated, fast assembly facilities utilizing robotic and AI technologies to drive down costs and increase production. Quality control through these strategic partnerships will also enable ABF to replicate the battery cell with consistent results.
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