MAHLE Powertrain opens EV battery development, testing and prototyping centre in Stuttgart

State-of-the-art facility in Stuttgart targets EV industry in Europe; handles all aspects from initial prototyping to small-scale production; complements vehicle and battery development centre in Northampton, UK.

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MAHLE Powertrain, the specialist engineering services provider, has opened a new state-of-the-art battery development centre in Stuttgart, Germany, specifically to cater for the needs of its European clients.

The facility, which spans over 1,300 square metres, can accommodate all aspects of battery development, from initial prototyping through to small-scale production, with a breadth of capability that covers applications from small e-bikes to large electric trucks. The new facility follows the creation of a vehicle and battery development centre at the company’s Northampton site in the UK, which opened last year.

“In response to growing demand for our expertise in the design, development, testing and optimization 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 centre 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 ‑40deg C to +90deg 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. 

MAHLE Powertrain is a specialist in providing engineering services for the design, development and integration of advanced internal combustion engines and electrified powertrain systems. As a services subsidiary of the MAHLE Group, MAHLE Powertrain has six technical centres strategically located in the UK, Germany, USA, and China with around 400 employees in total and is well-placed to provide solutions around the globe. It operates independently of the main group when considering choice of components or technologies.            

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