8 S ão Paulo – Group Moura is endeavoring to present to the market, in October, its first-ever lithium battery dedicated to an electric vehicle. It will not be, at least not yet, a car, nor a truck or a bus, but a forklift – a segment in which electrification, at least in Brazil, is relatively widespread. But of course, the company keeps its eyes open to developments in other markets, foreseeing a potential trend towards the electrification of the Brazilian vehicles fleet. As per Fernando Castelão, director general of the lithium division of Baterias Moura, the company is already undergoing internal changes so as to serve this future demand. “Our plan is to serve all of the segments: forklifts, trucks, buses, automobiles, scooters, bicycles and other applications, in telecommunications and energy storage”, said the executive in an interview during Automec. “We are gearing up for the future. The idea is to produce in Belo Jardim”. Moura’s operation is concentrated in the Pernambuco town, where it keeps a production facility whose capacity has been recently expanded. From that facility are shipped batteries for cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and other industrial applications. The company also owns a plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lithium batteries that will equip forklifts will roll out of one of the units in MOURA BETS ON LITHIUM BATTERIES SUPPLIER By André Barros Photo: Publicity