North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that John Deere and Austrian company Kreisel Electric, of which John Deere acquired majority ownership in 2022, will invest $69.6 million to establish the North American headquarters for John Deere Electric Powertrain and build a battery and charger manufacturing facility in Kernersville, N.C. The investment is expected to create 50 jobs.

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the 115,000-square-foot facility will be used to manufacture Kreisel battery packs for high-performance and large, off-highway equipment applications. The factory will also manufacture Chimero charger technology for e-mobility, stationary systems and Level 3 charging solutions.

“Within the evolving off-highway equipment market, we are prioritizing the development of a robust charging ecosystem and battery portfolio that can support and sustain the long-term adoption of electrification across a wide variety of applications,” said Pierre Guyot, senior vice president of John Deere Power Systems and chairman of Kreisel Electric.

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