The energy company Svolt Energy, which was established from Great Wall Motor, revealed on its official WeChat account on September 9 that it intended to build its second manufacturing facility for battery cells in Germany.
In order to focus on developing next-generation battery materials, cells, modules, packs, BMS, and energy storage technologies, Svolt Energy separated from Great Wall Motor’s power battery division in February 2018.
Going back to the reported development, Lauchhammer, Brandenburg, Germany, will be the site of the factory because it has recently established a cluster for cutting-edge electric vehicle development, according to Svolt Energy.
In fact, many companies involved in the battery lifespan and supply chain of Svolt Energy are based in the area. It includes the well-known global materials giant BASF, with whom the company stated it entered into a collaboration in late 2021 to collaborate on battery materials.
Additionally, it would be the company’s second overseas plant and its first battery cell plant for international markets. It is worth noting that Svolt Energy formerly had a battery pack manufacturing facility in Heusweiler, Saarland, Germany, according to CNEVPOST.
Meanwhile, Svolt Energy stated that it would modernize the facility with plans already in the pipeline, considering that it was formerly used as a wind turbine manufacturing plant for the world’s largest wind energy company, Vestas.
According to Brandenburg state premier Dietmar Woidke, the company will also help to optimize the structural makeup of the local electric vehicle market.
That said, Svolt Energy revealed that it intends to manufacture the cells at its site in Lauchhammer and turn them into packs at its facility in Heusweiler. In addition, the company explained that the advantage of Lauchhammer’s geography enables it to rapidly reach its capacity expansion goals in Europe and provide prompt service for the projects of its present customers.
Currently, Svolt Energy is one of the leading power cell manufacturers in China. In August, the China Automotive Battery Innovation Alliance revealed earlier this month that Svolt Energy held the sixth-highest market share in China, with a 2.49% market share.
The company declared in August 2021 that it had mass manufactured the world’s first cobalt-free battery when it first came off the assembly line. Furthermore, the company revealed on July 19 of this year that the first 20Ah-class sulfide all-solid-state prototype cells with an energy density of 350-400 Wh/kg were created in China by Svolt Energy’s all-solid-state battery facility.
According to Svolt Energy, the mass production of the cells might allow electric vehicles to have a range of more than 1,000 kilometers.
In addition to being one of the largest producers of power cells in China, Seoul-based SNE Research revealed that Svolt Energy also ranks as the tenth-largest producer of power batteries globally, with a market share of 1.3% from January to July.