Mullen to produce battery packs in Fullerton, California
According to Mullen, it will then start “calibration of the solid-state polymer (SSP) battery BMS for integration into the Class 1 EV cargo van.” Drivable testing will follow in the first quarter of 2024.
Mullen writes that SSP technology will allow it to increase the range of the Mullen One cargo van to more than 190 miles – a 73 per cent increase compared to the 110 miles with LFP technology. Moreover, it will be able to increase battery capacity from 42 kWh with LFP chemistry to 72 kWh with SSP chemistry.
“We are one step closer to fulfilling our commitment to providing the next-generation of battery technology to our lineup of EV vehicles, providing a clean and safe alternative to current lithium-ion batteries,” said David Michery, CEO and chairman of Mullen Automotive.
In September, Mullen Automotive purchased the battery pack production assets from Romeo Power for approximately $3.5 million. The deal included “equipment, inventory, and intellectual property for high-volume EV (electric vehicle) battery pack and module production.”
At the time, the assets were transferred to Mullen’s pilot facility in Monrovia, California. The latter will now close at the end of the year, and all battery testing and production equipment will be moved to the new facility in Fullerton, just a few miles south.