HAYWARD, CA—Lithos Energy Inc. has opened a new facility here to produce modular lithium-ion batteries for use in “demanding environments” such as agriculture, construction, defense, marine and mining applications.

The 65,000-square-foot engineering facility is equipped with “enhanced pack assembly automation” to manufacture next-generation batteries at scale. It will also serve as the model for “planned colocated commercial scale factories that are to be in proximity to customer manufacturing facilities, both domestically and internationally.”

“We’re thrilled to open our state-of-the-art Hayward facility,” says Chris Gross, vice president of operations at Lithos. “Our new location immediately provides increased capacity coupled with the highest standard of manufacturing quality that [we are] known for. Furthermore, this site allows for advanced manufacturing and efficient R&D, as well as proximity to leading talent recruitment in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

“We are on a high growth trajectory and our new location is an important hub in creating the necessary manufacturing efficiencies for our battery systems,” adds James Meredith, president of Lithos. “Our Hayward facility will immediately allow us to meet the development needs for clients around the globe, while simultaneously creating the blueprint for future facilities with significant capacity.”

Lithos, which specializes in making shock-resistant and high-performance batteries for off-road applications, recently received a large investment from Caterpillar Inc.