“Tianjin is one of our most important locations in China, the world’s largest automotive market. With this new research and development center, we are expanding our capacities precisely where we expect the greatest growth in e-mobility,” emphasized Vitesco CEO Andreas Wolf.
Headquartered in Regensburg, Germany, and a spin-off of automotive tier one Continental, Vitesco counts more than 15 years of experience in powertrain electrification. In Tianjin, Vitesco develops battery, motor and electronic control systems for battery electric, full hybrid and 48 V mild hybrid vehicles. The portfolio includes high-voltage drive systems, high-voltage control systems, high-voltage battery management systems, electrified 48 V drive systems and 48 V battery systems. In addition, the R&D center has a versatile laboratory for testing and validation.
The research and development center is located at the Vitesco Technologies Tianjin manufacturing site, which has been there for 26 years. Since 2019, the plant has been producing fully integrated electric axle drives (EMR3) for various automotive OEMs, including PSA and Hyundai. The R&D center will work closely with on-site production to optimize resources, increase efficiency and ensure customer satisfaction with high quality. Initial R&D projects for local OEMs are already underway, which aim to make mobility more convenient and sustainable for the broad public.
Vitesco Technologies and the administration Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) administration, together with various local universities, are training research and development talents in Tianjin for the field of electrification.