Kindred Motorworks, a San Francisco Bay Area producer of modernized vintage vehicles, has partnered with Idaho-based KORE Power, a developer of battery cell technology, to supply battery modules for the electrified models in the Kindred lineup. The first two Kindred vehicles that will use KORE’s technology are its VW Bus and its 3100 pickup truck, both of which are offered exclusively as EVs.
Kindred uses KORE Power’s VDA 355 format battery modules, which have integrated sensors for voltage and temperature monitoring. Kindred says using the VDA modules gives it the flexibility to build custom battery enclosures that complement the architecture and design of various classic cars and trucks.
The modular design will enable Kindred to change and upgrade battery chemistries based on future improvements without having to alter the design of its vehicles’ battery enclosures and other components.
KORE Power CEO and co-founder Lindsay Gorrill said, “Using KORE Power cells to electrify Kindred’s vintage vehicles merges modern technology and classic style with an undeniable swagger.”
KORE Power is constructing its first US-based manufacturing facility, called the KOREPlex, near Phoenix. Delivery of US-manufactured battery modules is set to begin in 2024.
Source: KORE Power