Automotive supplier Webasto is to manufacture smart fast charging systems, or high-power chargers (HPC), for Munich-based Charge-V, starting in January 2023. Representatives of the two companies have signed a corresponding four-year contract at the mid-October.
The charging systems will be assembled to Charge-V specifications at Webasto’s Schierling plant in Bavaria, Germany, where preparations for commissioning a dedicated assembly line are currently underway.
“As one of the leading providers of wallboxes and mobile charging solutions in Europe, we have set ourselves the goal of offering our customers the best possible support on their way to an electric future,” said Ralf Leist, Head of Business Unit Charging, Europe. , for Webasto. “We need a fast charging network across Europe to successfully and quickly advance the transport revolution, and our collaboration with Charge-V allows us to actively drive this expansion.”
“With Webasto, we have a successful and well-established partner on our side. Our two companies will mutually benefit from our common know-how. This enables us to offer our customers future-proof solutions in the field of charging infrastructure,” said Christopher Lehne, COO at Charge-V GmbH.
Each system includes a “Master 480”, a modular power supply unit from which up to three DC charging points can each be supplied with up to 160 kilowatts (kW). The chargers are equipped with both a DC connection and a 22 kW AC charging point. This means that users can charge using AC and DC power on the same station in parallel. From 2024, Webasto will also resume production of the “All-in-One”, a charging solution with two DC outputs, offering up to 400 kW.
The high power of HPC allows vehicles to be charged quickly and cover longer distances. All charging points can be combined with a grid-connected storage battery and a photovoltaic system. The high power chargers comply with calibration regulations and are suitable for public spaces, companies with electric vehicle fleets and service stations, among others. Payment is made by EC card, credit card, RFID or via the app. These are some of the ways Charge-V’s charging systems are a key part of the eMobility transformation.
Production of approximately 30,000 units is planned for the duration of the project, during which Webasto can flexibly adapt its production capacity to meet customer needs or requests.
By collaborating with Charge-V, Webasto continues its transformation and further expands its electromobility solutions. In addition to wall boxes, mobile chargers and in the future fast charging systems, Webasto also produces battery systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.