IAV and Webasto develop e-drives for commercial EVs
The German engineering specialist IAV and automotive supplier Webasto have agreed on technology cooperation for electric commercial vehicles such as buses, trucks and off-road machinery. The plan is to pool their expertise.
According to IAV, this will enable the two companies to “offer customers component development and system integration from a single source upon request”. Webasto provides expertise in components such as batteries, high-voltage heaters and heat pumps. IAV contributes its knowledge in complete vehicle development and system integration, such as in high-voltage integration and comprehensive thermal management.
The partners not only want to develop individual components that customers can buy in but rather special overall solutions “that are adapted to the performance and product requirements of the respective vehicle and seamlessly integrated into the vehicle.”
“In order to be able to offer our customers solutions that meet their needs, cooperations like this one are important drivers,” says Heike Niehues, globally responsible for the aftermarket business at Webasto. “They serve sustainable mobility for our common end customers – so that electromobility will also be a success story in the field of e-commercial vehicles.”
Matthias Kratzsch, CEO at IAV, added: “In light of the increasing complexity and variance of models and technologies, our customers want integrated and efficient development more than ever.”
This is not the first collaboration between IAV and Webasto. The two companies have already worked together on the development of Webasto’s modular E-building kit, which can be used to convert diesel double-decker buses for touring to electric drives.
Within the framework of the now concluded and unlimited partnership, both companies want to work together both at the request of customers and on their own initiative. The agreement is not exclusive and both companies can continue to cooperate independently and with other partners.