German energy storage company Akasol GmbH has announced the opening of a new semi-automated production facility for high-performance lithium-ion battery systems for commercial vehicles.
The company announced the opening of the new facility in early November. It has invested 10 million euros in the new commercial plant, which is located at Langen and will create 150 new jobs for the Hesse region in the next few months. The production line is the largest for commercial vehicle battery systems in Europe. It can produce such systems for up to 3000 hybrid or electric vehicles or other large commercial vehicles per year and will manufacture the company’s AKAsystem OEM for commercial vehicles, such as buses and trucks. The company will also supply this lithium-ion system to two leading European bus manufacturers in contracts to build approximately 10,000 buses within the next few years.
“We’re proud to be opening what is now Europe’s largest production facility for battery systems for hybrid and electric commercial vehicles” said Akasol Managing Director Sven Schulz. “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.”
Mr Schulz added that as more cities across Europe choose zero-emission buses, the European market for hybrid and electric buses is growing by more than 35 percent 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.