Webasto presented EV batteries, thermal solutions at Battery Show Europe 2023
German auto technologies firm Webasto showcased its extensive range of electromobility products at the Battery Show Europe in Stuttgart that ended yesterday. The company's display included various traction batteries for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, proprietary Battery Management System (BMS), and thermal solutions for electric vehicles.On display at the show was a battery system for hybrid vehicles that Webasto produces at its plant in Jiaxing, China. The company also exhibited its first battery for fully electric passenger cars, manufactured at the new battery plant in Dangjin, South Korea, for Hyundai-Kia Motors Corporation (HKMC) since April 2022.
Webasto's portfolio also included an established solution for commercial vehicles. The standard battery system for commercial vehicles combines the price benefits of a scalable mass-market product with the tailored fit of a custom solution. Its robust design also makes it ideal for use in construction machinery, the company claims.
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Each battery pack has a capacity of 35 kWh, and up to 18 packs can be interconnected. Webasto is currently developing the next generation of this battery system, which will feature higher power density and enhanced safety features. Initial samples are already planned for the end of this year, with significant portion of battery production taking place at its German plant in Schierling, according to the company.
As an expert in heating and cooling solutions, Webasto also exhibited thermal solutions for electromobility in addition to batteries at the expo. The 'eBTM' Electrical Battery Thermal Management system is a stand-alone device for the effective thermal management of traction batteries.
With a heating capacity of up to ten kilowatts and a cooling capacity of up to eight kilowatts, the device ensures optimum functionality of water-cooled battery packs, even under extremely hot or cold ambient conditions, Webasto claims. It also extends the pack's service life (SoH) by up to 21 percent, while also halving charging time, the company adds.
A High Voltage Heater (HVH) for hybrid and electric vehicles that can support both the driver's compartment and the batteries was also present in the company's display.