European manufacturer of Li-ion cells Varta AG, Ellwangen, Germany, is teaming up with Pierer Mobility AG, Wels, Austria, – with the brands KTM, Husqvarna and GASGAS – one of the largest European powered two-wheeler manufacturers. The partners say in a press release that they see great potential for the development of a platform battery for light electric vehicles in the field of 48-volt technology with peak outputs of up to approx. 20kW.
“With VARTA Innovation, we are strongly positioned for VARTA AG’s materials research and development in Austria. The site is being massively expanded to drive the development of large battery cell formats for electromobility,” says Michael Tojner, CEO of the Montana Tech Components AG group of companies and majority owner of Varta AG.
“Through our innovative strength, we see ourselves as a technology leader in the two-wheeler sector in Europe and want to set the tone especially in the development of two-wheeled electric vehicles,” adds Stefan Pierer, CEO of Pierer Mobility AG.
The focus of the cooperation between Varta and KTM is the development and industrialisation of low-voltage battery platforms for vehicles from 250 watts to 20 kilowatts peak power, which achieve a high range and performance.