July 30, 2020: Germany-based battery manufacturer Hoppecke has signed a deal with the Chinese lithium-ion battery giant CATL to service its EV battery systems across Europe, the company said on July 27.
Hoppecke, which makes predominantly lead-acid batteries, says it added lithium-ion to its portfolio 15 years ago to supply industrial trucks, rail and bus systems and large-scale storage systems.
Last year it founded the Intilion company to focus on this market segment.
CATL (which stands for Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited) was founded just nine years ago and is already one of the biggest, if not the largest, EV lithium battery firm in the world.
Under the agreement, Hoppecke will test, repair and replace CATL batteries in electric vehicles across Europe, with an initial focus on vans and buses in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Hungary and the UK.
“With 2020 gearing up to be the year of the electric car, many vans and buses are already ahead of the game,” said Hoppecke. “A wave of new models is continuously being launched as electric models become Europe’s vehicle of choice.
“However it is the lithium-ion battery that is the key differentiator in the choice to go electric, the focus being on capacity and service life. After-sales service is essential to the user’s experience and the safe handling of lithium batteries is sensitive and requires a lot of technical experience.”
Hoppecke’s 23 subsidiaries worldwide and 300 service engineers in Europe give it good positioning to support CATL, it says.