A known manufacturer of custom heating, air conditioning, and sun roof solutions, Webasto has started the production of batteries for electric vehicles in Germany. The manufacture of battery packs for a European bus maker has already commenced at the company’s Schierling site in the district of Regensburg.
From the beginning of 2020 the company plans to furthermore manufacture its self-developed standard battery system for commercial vehicles there. For this purpose, Webasto has invested eleven million euro in a multi-product line. A further 18 million euro flowed into the establishment of a prototype construction and validation center at its Hengersberg site in the district of Deggendorf.
Three years ago Webasto took the decision not only in future to further expand its core business in the area of roofs and heaters, but also to develop additional fields of business in the area of electromobility, with charging solutions and battery systems.
“We have successfully entered this market with our innovative future mobility products and the first buses with Webasto batteries will shortly take to the streets of major European cities. With the commencement of our in-house battery production activities we are opening a completely new chapter in our almost 120-year corporate history. This is a great team effort by our many expert colleagues, of which we can be very proud”, emphasizes Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Webasto SE.
As it established the development and production of its battery systems, Webasto benefited from the competencies within its core business. Moreover, Webasto has also brought further electromobility experts into the company over the past three years.
Webasto is now manufacturing battery systems at Schierling plant. The company has also developed its Hengersberg site with a view to producing innovative solutions for the field of electromobility. The competence center for convertible roofs has been expanded with a state-of-the-art testing and prototype construction facility for batteries. The cells for the Webasto standard battery are sourced from Samsung SDI – a Webasto partner in the field of battery systems since 2018. The company has plans to enter into the Chinese market.
Source: Press Release