Headquartered in Stockdorf, Germany, the automotive supplier Webasto has reportedly begun the production of battery packs at its Schierling site, Regensburg district, for electric vehicles of a European bus manufacturer.
As per the report, the company will also start manufacturing a self-developed standard-battery system for commercial vehicles in the Regensburg district from the beginning of 2020. Webasto said it already invested eleven million euros in the development of this multi-product line.
“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,” says CEO Holger Engelmann.
Three years ago, Webasto decided to diversify its business into the field of electromobility with charging solutions and battery systems.
“With the commencement of our in-house battery production activities we are opening a completely new chapter in our almost 120-year corporate history,” Engelmann explained.
At the Schierling, Webasto assembles cells, supplied by Samsung SDI, into battery packs. Also, it assembles aluminium battery boxes that are manufactured at a Hengersberg plant and transported to Schierling.
According to the report, Webasto is also preparing to enter the Chinese market. The new Webasto site in Jiaxing will develop and manufacture battery systems, together with roof production. According to the announcement, the opening is planned at the beginning of 2020.