Forsee Power receives 50m euro loan to support growth

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Forsee Power, a leader in smart battery systems for the off-road industry, has announced the completion of financing of 105 million euros to support its growth in the new electromobility markets and geographies. This financing notably includes a loan of 50 million euros granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Confidence in electromobility to mitigate climate change

The signing of this loan confirms the European Union’s desire to contribute, through the EIB, to the emergence of a battery champion in Europe and to develop the market contributing to reducing CO2 emissions, in favour of climate. It comes in addition to the significant financing obtained in 2020 by the shareholders of Forsee Power and the banks. This significant contribution of 105 million euros in total has already made it possible to launch the development of new ultra-thin batteries and improve the industrial performance of its plant near Poitiers in France. It will also facilitate the long-term development of commercial activities in the new segments and the continuation of the Group’s R&D efforts.

“This financing is a great opportunity for the Group to consolidate its know-how and expand its offerings in smart and sustainable battery systems,” says Christophe Gurtner, CEO of Forsee Power.

Supporting the growth of Forsee Power

The group supplies durable, high-performance batteries for OEMs around the world, to equip light electric vehicles, off-highway machines, commercial vehicles, buses, rail vehicles and ships (excluding cars, automobile manufacturers most often own their battery systems). With its historic industrial tech activity, Forsee Power also designs battery systems for portable industrial technologies. These are medical and wellness technologies, robotics, household appliances and safety devices.

This 50-million-euro loan signed with EIB will finance the strategic development of the Forsee Power Group through the expansion of its range of products intended for 100% battery, hydrogen hybrid or thermal hybrid vehicles. The Group will thus be able to strengthen its range of battery systems in the market segments already addressed and develop products for new markets, such as off-highway transport (construction and agricultural vehicles) or light urban utility vehicles.

It will also make it possible to increase manufacturing capacity and ensure the working capital requirement to meet the order book and will allow the extension of the scope of the market thanks to increased expenditure in marketing and sales efforts. With an installed production capacity of 1 GWh, expandable to 4 GWh, Forsee Power is well positioned to support the electrification of all types of mobility.

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Saul Wordsworth is deputy editor of the iVT brand - which includes digital and print editions of a quarterly magazine and Off-Highway Annual, as well as ivtinternational.com. He is a keen cyclist and lives in north London.

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