MAHLE Powertrain has opened a cutting-edge battery development hub in Stuttgart, Germany, tailored to meet the requirements of its European clientele. This 1,300 m2 facility caters to all stages of battery development, ranging from early prototyping to limited-scale production, capable of accommodating a diverse array of applications, from small e-bikes to large electric trucks. This addition comes after the establishment of a vehicle and battery development centre at the company’s Northampton site, opened in the previous year.
“In response to growing demand for our expertise in the design, development, testing and optimisation of batteries for electric vehicles, we’re delighted to be opening another new facility to support our clients within the European automotive industry,” said Simon Reader, MAHLE Powertrain’s Managing Director. “The center is up and running having completed a number of projects for OEM partners. We have designed the facility with future expansion in mind, with additional services and increased capacity already in the planning stages.”
The facility comprises a fully-featured prototype shop that includes a state-of-the-art dual-robot laser welding station capable of handling active HV battery modules.
A comprehensive test department, capable of testing low- and high-voltage packs up to a maximum of 1200V, 2000A, or 550kW, incorporates two climatic chambers that operate from ‑40°C to +90°C for a full scope of ageing, electrical and thermal tests. The facility can also replicate simulated driving cycles in harsh environments, while self-extinguishing workbenches and water drop tanks maintain the highest standards of safety.
SOURCE: MAHLE Powertrain