Swiss battery system and production specialist ecovolta (don’t kill us yet folks, the lowercase isn’t a typo) will build a 200 MWh battery pack assembly plant this September in the Swiss canton of Schwyz. The plant will use fully-automated processes to produce both prismatic and cylindrical batteries.
The battery packs will have voltage levels ranging from 12 V to 600 V and capacities ranging from 10 Wh to several hundred kWh. The company says energy densities will reach 480 Wh per liter.
ecovolta is also developing a 7,500-square-meter battery-centric R&D facility in Schwyz, in partnership with various companies from Switzerland and Italy. The battery lab will be able to test and document cycle numbers of storage and aging processes, as well as the consequences of short circuits and mechanical destruction. A dedicated test bunker will enable particularly secure tests if required.
“Our R&D team has been developing battery, electronics and drive solutions for over 15 years. Right next to production, they test battery systems and build complete drive prototypes along with power electronics. Torques, load curves and current peaks can then be measured on the engine test bench,” says ecovolta CTO Paul Hauser.