With a capacity of 600 MWh, the facility is now the largest production line for commercial vehicle battery systems in Europe, claims Akasol. 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 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 claims to be currently Europe’s only mass manufacturer to offer flexible solutions for battery sizes and chemistry while fulfilling all relevant reliability and safety requirements.
In addition, Akasol currently also supplies technology and consulting to companies including VDL Bus & Coach, Alexander Dennis, Alstom, Bombardier and Bucher Municipal.
The facility represents an investment of some €10 million. Over the coming months, it will create 150 new jobs, the company said.