Deere Ramps up Battery Production

John Deere has announced an investment in two additional Kreisel Electric production facilities to increase battery production capacity.

Deere acquired majority ownership in Kreisel in early 2022, which currently has a facility located in Austria. This expansion will bring an increase of over 2 Gigawatt hours to John Deere’s total battery production.

“This investment will put a strong focus on the industrialization and automation of the entire production process, as well as research and development capacities at Kreisel headquarters in Rainbach,” says Jennifer Preston, global director for John Deere electric power.

The first leg of the investment will begin with a new facility located at the Deere Saran factory in France, which is Deere’s primary engine manufacturing location in the European Union. The company will also be investing in battery assembly capacity in the United States.

Kreisel will be leveraging John Deere’s existing expertise at the Saran facility throughout the stages of production. The funds from the investment will primarily be used within the mobile commercial and industrial solutions, as well as the charging infrastructure division of Kreisel.

This is part of Deere’s response to the global energy market calling for sustainable and efficient battery solutions. 

“We are embarking toward a future with zero emissions propulsion and pursuing our sustainability goal to demonstrate viable low and no-carbon alternative power solutions by 2026,” says Preston.