Subhash Dhar, founder, chairman & CEO
With the globally intensifying appeal of Electrical Vehicles (EV) the near- and long-term implications of vehicle electrification is no longer just a far-fetched vision for a utopian future, but the reality of today’s automotive industry. As the price of batteries continues to decline rapidly, electrification of the vehicle fleet is profoundly impacting companies across the transportation value chain. EV’s require engineered solutions powered by high performance and efficient battery systems. They need to be well-designed, developed, and perfectly manufactured to work in the right manner, but there-in lies the problem. Managing battery systems’ complexity requires in-depth knowledge of all aspects of battery technology, including materials, chemistry, and the automotive standards of quality, reliability, and cost structure. It, therefore, becomes crucial for a company to identify a cost-effective battery pack solution that best meets customer needs; which is again difficult due to the increasing number of options in the market.
Against this backdrop—American Battery Solutions (ABS)—is reshaping the dynamics of the transportation landscape by offering effective energy storage solutions with a focus on the “underserved” EV market. By “underserved markets,” ABS means batteries for high performance and autonomous EVs, as well as heavy- and medium-duty vehicles. “We are a team of battery technologists and systems experts with decades of experience in designing, developing, and manufacturing successful advanced battery systems, including lithium-ion products for the transportation industry,” asserts Ivan Menjak, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing at ABS.
“We have a deep understanding of high voltage, automotive-grade battery systems, right from the proof of concept thru’ development, testing, and validation to high volume production.”
Primarily, ABS offers hassle-free development, validation, and manufacturing of fully integrated Li-Ion battery systems. The company’s in-house expertise in lithium-ion cell technology is not just limited to extensive technical knowledge of multiple cell chemistries, cell development and commercialization, and cell designs, but also extends to performance testing and validation, and application engineering. ABS focuses on battery systems value chain by concentrating on module production, pack assembly, and customer integration.
Whether it’s selecting the right Lithium Ion cell chemistry for a given application or designing modular batteries, ABS is a complete systems engineering specialist, right from prototype to volume production. ABS’s modular battery designs enable faster turnaround on new projects and assist companies in leveraging economies of scale—particularly for low volume applications.
ABS effectively collaborates with cell suppliers by translating application specifications into cell performance specifications. With its state-of-the-art testing facility, ABS validates its designs and provides testing services to its diverse clientele that includes auto makers, integrators, and cell makers. Whether a company requires a long-life premium battery, low-cost battery, or small and light battery, ABS offers them all. “ABS is well-positioned to offer the best solutions for the electrification of the ‘underserved’ and emerging industrial applications,” said Subhash Dhar, founder, chairman & CEO.
What differentiates ABS even further is its customer-centric approach of providing clients with multiple prototypes that could potentially meet their needs as opposed to offering a definite final product. After producing prototypes, the company assists its clients in deciding the best fit. “We understand that every company is different and doesn’t need standard solutions. We listen. Then talk. Our flexibility as an organization to select the correct technology for our clients, and business model with the highest level of integration is what differentiates us from others,” states Menjak.
Driven by the idea of continuous improvement, ABS recently acquired manufacturing and testing assets for high-voltage battery systems from Robert Bosch Battery Systems. ABS has purchased test and production equipment in Michigan and acquired the assembly plant of the Bosch subsidiary in Ohio. ABS is partnering with the world’s leading OEMs, battery manufacturers, and system integrators, to supplement and extend their brands, as well as the combination of engineering, testing, and manufacturing services. Continually striving to improve its full service for integrated battery systems, ABS is working on the development of a more efficient, next-generation battery management system.