Akasol opens Europe’s largest production facility for commercial electric vehicle batteries
Akasol today announces the opening of a new semi-automated production facility for high-performance lithium-ion battery systems for commercial vehicles. The eMobility pioneer and European market leader has invested €10 million into the new commercial plant at Langen, Germany, creating 150 new jobs for the Hesse region in coming months.
From today Akasol will begin serial production at the facility, which is now the largest production line for commercial vehicle battery systems in Europe. With a capacity of 600 MWh, the plant can produce high-performance battery systems for up to 3000 hybrid or electric vehicles or other large commercial vehicles each year.
The Langen plant will manufacture the company’s AKAsystem OEM for commercial vehicles, such as buses and trucks. As recently announced, Akasol will supply this lithium-ion system to two leading European bus manufacturers in contracts to build approximately 10,000 buses within the next few years. Akasol won the two contracts after an extensive process ensuring the highest automotive industry safety standards. The company is currently Europe’s only mass manufacturer to offer flexible solutions for battery sizes and chemistry while fulfilling all industry reliability and safety requirements.
Akasol currently also supplies technology and consulting to leading companies including VDL Bus & Coach, Alexander Dennis, Alstom, Bombardier and Bucher Municipal.
Akasol Managing Director Sven Schulz said:
“We’re proud to be opening what is now Europe’s largest production facility for battery systems for hybrid and electric commercial vehicles. And what better way to celebrate than starting series production of our AKAsystem OEM products that will power 10,000 hybrid and electric buses across Europe.”
“Akasol prides itself on stringent safety testing and compliance and our €10 million investment for this semi-automated facility will help maintain the industry’s highest standards and create 150 new jobs for the region.”
“As more cities across Europe choose zero-emission buses, we’re witnessing the European market for hybrid and electric buses growing by more than 35 per cent each year. Cities are increasingly looking for bus leasing solutions to avoid higher investment costs, so finding the right supplier for battery systems is of strategic importance for bus manufacturers.”
“We are the only mass manufacturing company offering flexibility for battery size and cell chemistry, while fulfilling all performance, reliability and security requirements for our clients.”
About AKASOL (www.akasol.com)
An e-mobility pioneer, Akasol GmbH has developed and manufactured mobile and stationary high-performance battery systems for the German and European market for 25 years. Since then the company has supplied battery systems powering 1000 electric vehicles. Its multi award-winning storage solutions are used primarily in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries, the off-highway industry, and the solar power and wind power sectors. The company prides itself on its high automotive security standards and certified production facility and products. In 2008 the company was the first company to introduce a liquid cooling system, improving battery lifetime by 30 percent.