Komastu acquires battery maker ABS

Nov. 21, 2023
Move facilitates Komatsu's efforts to produce battery-operated machines.

Komatsu will be able to develop and produce its own battery-operated equipment following its acquisition of American Battery Solutions (ABS), according to the company.

ABS’ low-voltage Alliance Intelligent Battery Series battery pack (left) and high-voltage Proliance Intelligent Battery Series battery pack (right)

ABS, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, manufactures a wide variety of heavy-duty and industrial battery packs, using lithium-ion batteries for commercial vehicles, transit buses, and on- and off-road vehicles. The company provides both standard and custom battery systems.

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The first Komatsu machines produced with ABS batteries will be used to power mining equipment in North and South America, where demand for electrification has been increasing, according to Komatsu. ABS fits into the company’s plans to expand battery-powered construction equipment and to establish a global supply system.

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