Member Spotlight – MK Battery

MK Battery opened its first location in 1983, out of a refurbished donut shop in Buena Park, CA. As one of the first companies to introduce sealed lead batteries to mobility markets, MK pioneered the concept of maintenance-free batteries that eliminated the need to add water, while creating a safer, cleaner option for use in applications like bikeshare kiosks.

Working with some of the largest bikeshare companies to provide a high-quality, durable energy storage solution for their solar-powered kiosks, MK developed a comprehensive training program to assist with solar kiosk design. Specifically structured to ensure that the correct battery type and appropriate battery size are utilized to maximize system capacity and life, MK’s program focuses on keeping kiosks operational and problem-free for a long time. Their national route delivery distribution helps companies maintain minimum inventory while ensuring that all spent batteries are collected, and they reimburse customers for the return of used batteries, which are then recycled properly per EPA guidelines.

Recycling sealed lead batteries requires a strong commitment and large capital investment to protect the environment. MK Battery’s parent company operates a state-of-the-art battery recycling facility that has demonstrates that commitment to being strong environmental stewards. Of the batteries collected, 99.9% of the materials are used in new battery production. The lead, plastic, and acid (through a patented acid reclamation process) are all recycled through this cradle-to-cradle process.

NABSA provides a great opportunity to learn more about the micromobility industry but also partner with a group of forward-thinking companies who represent a much better future for urban transportation. MK was a sponsor of NABSA’s 2020 annual conference, and witnessed, firsthand, a commitment and excitement about this industry and the possibilities it holds for the future. With decades of experience in legislative affairs in other aspects of the battery industry, they are committed to using that experience to help NABSA members educate their elected officials on the value that micromobility can bring to their respective municipalities.