Grinntech, an investor-backed start-up specializing in lithium-ion batteries for EVs and energy storage systems, has unveiled a range of high-tech batteries with unique designs customized to Indian conditions along with its proprietary, IoT enabled BMS to power 2-wheelers, three-wheelers and tractors/light vehicles.
This announcement marks the transformation of Grinntech from an IIT-Madras incubated start-up to a funded commercial enterprise, enabling rapid adoption of EV technologies.
India’s accelerated adoption of EVs is boosted by a range of government incentives and a corresponding flurry of new EV models announced by Indian manufacturers. It is recognized that battery technology (for range and performance) and battery cost will determine the speed of EV adoption by customers.
The state-of-the-art Lithium-Ion batteries are themselves characterized by a wide range of chemistries, cell formats and battery pack design features, and require to be carefully managed during charging and while in use. Compared to many commodity battery kits that are imported, Grinntech’s batteries offer the combination of design sophistication and quality to ensure superior performance and durability.
“It was always our dream to create a technologically advanced Lithium–ion battery product line that was built-to-cost for Indian conditions along with its production system. We are hopeful that we will catch the fast-growing wave for EV products by Indian customers,” said Nikhilesh Mishra and Puneet Jain, co-founders of Grinntech.
“Apart from affordable, high-quality batteries that employ customizable and superior thermal management, we anticipate EV makers and customers will soon require additional capabilities like battery performance analytics and connectivity. With our innovative product range and sophisticated IoT-enabled BMS systems, we are ready for this future,” said Mishra.
“Grinntech has quickly moved on to the operational phase with a modular production system, paying particular attention to cell-characterization and pack testing. In addition to our new R&D and manufacturing facility in Chennai, we are exploring a couple of options for a larger manufacturing location to scale up our production capacity. With an innovative product range and planned new manufacturing facility, we believe we can boost the much-needed value addition and employment opportunities in India’s nascent EV industry,” added Puneet Jain.
Having evolved energy storage solutions through years of dedicated R&D, Grinntech’s new facility will manufacture Robin-72 and Shikhra smart and personalized 2- and 3-wheeler battery solutions using state-of-the-art automated processes and assembly lines. The facility will also manufacture Pintail, an IOT-enabled 2-wheeler starter battery and the Falcon, a larger battery suited to tractors and light vehicles. The modular production layout will allow for easy scaling up as demand grows.