Nexcharge, a joint venture between Exide Industries Limited (Exide) and Leclanché SA, has announced the inauguration of its new manufacturing plant at Prantij, Gujarat — the largest in India for the production of Li-ion battery packs and modules.
The facility has 6 fully automated assembly lines and testing labs with an installed capacity of 1.5 GWh and will cater energy storage systems for India’s electric vehicle market and grid-based applications.
“Nexcharge is on a fast-track mode to cater to the diverse segments of transportation industry and utility markets with Li-ion batteries of different chemistries assembled at our plant in Prantij. We have invested more than Rs 250 Crores in setting up this state-of-the-art facility with a focus on technology driven innovations which is in line with our commitment of long-term investments and plans in India,” said Stefan Louis, CEO & CTO, Nexcharge.
With 6 assembly lines becoming operational, Nexcharge can now offer a range of products with different applications for our automotive and non-automotive customers, he added.
Nexcharge started its Indian operations and 2018 and upgrades at its manufacturing facility is the next step to becoming the leading supplier of e-transport solutions that will help power the electrification of transport in the form of efficient and reliable energy storage solutions.
At present, Nexcharge offers battery pack for 2W, 3W, personal and commercial Pack in transportation business unit and telecom, UPS, inverter battery pack in Industrial and Utility battery pack as well as large format ESS. Nexcharge is also supported by a state-of-the-art, in-house R&D facility in Bangalore, the company said ina statement.
“Our current product range is substantial and our new production lines warrants us the flexibility to assemble products of different sizes and designs. We can now make 3V to 1000 V battery packs with sizes varying from 10 centimeters to 2 meters,” said Surender Narula, President, Nexcharge.
The production setup is divided into three sections- the Module Assembly has 3 production lines for assembling Cylindrical, Pouch, and Prismatic Cells. The Pack Assembly has 2 lines for High Voltage and Low Voltage packs. And the last one, the FG Testing section has a set of 20 testers for charging and discharging cycle and BMS functioning.