Germany – Stuttgart / Tuebingen / Itzehoe, 21. Juni 2021. The most recent step within the electrical offensive: Porsche is investing a excessive double-digit million quantity within the new firm Cellforce Group GmbH. Porsche and three way partnership accomplice CUSTOMCELLS as we speak introduced the launch of manufacturing of high-performance battery cells on the Weissach Improvement Centre. CUSTOMCELLS is among the world’s main firms within the improvement of particular lithium-ion battery cells.
“The battery cell is the combustion chamber of the long run. As a brand new Porsche subsidiary, the Cellforce Group will likely be instrumental in driving ahead the analysis, improvement, manufacturing and gross sales of high-performance battery cells,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Govt Board at Porsche. “This three way partnership permits us to place ourselves on the forefront of world competitors in creating probably the most highly effective battery cell and make it the hyperlink between the unmistakable Porsche driving expertise and sustainability. That is how we form the way forward for the sports activities automobile.”
Cellforce Group GmbH: Joint Enterprise between Porsche and CUSTOMCELLS
On the political facet, Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary on the Federal Ministry for Financial Affairs and Power and Boris Palmer, Mayor of the Metropolis of Tübingen, accompanied the official begin of the corporate basis. On the a part of the businesses concerned, Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG, Michael Steiner, Porsche Board Member for Analysis and Improvement, in addition to Leopold König and Torge Thönnessen, the managing administrators of Customcells Itzehoe GmbH, had been on website. The brand new enterprise, by which Porsche has a majority stake of 83.75 per cent, has its headquarters in Tübingen. The college city can also be on the shortlist for the situation of the battery manufacturing facility, which is to be situated in shut proximity to the analysis and improvement heart in Weissach in addition to the headquarters of Porsche AG in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The variety of staff is predicted to develop from the preliminary workforce of 13 supplied collectively by each firms to as much as 80 by 2025. The Federal Republic of Germany and the state of Baden-Württemberg are funding the challenge with round 60 million euros.
“We based CUSTOMCELLS with the intention of creating customer-specific battery cells for probably the most demanding of purposes, and that is precisely what we are able to now realise along with Porsche. The aim for the deliberate manufacturing plant is to succeed in a minimal annual capability of 100 MWh. That is equal to high-performance batteries for 1,000 automobiles,” in response to Torge Thönnessen, CEO of CUSTOMCELLS. “We’re not solely contributing our experience in cell expertise and manufacturing into our partnership with Porsche, but additionally agility, modern power and particular person problem-solving abilities,” says Leopold König, CEO of CUSTOMCELLS.
“Porsche was based as an engineering and improvement workplace in Stuttgart in 1931. To this present day, you can not buy the expertise that’s on the coronary heart of our high-performance sports activities vehicles. We develop it ourselves,” says Michael Steiner, Member of the Govt Board, Analysis and Improvement at Porsche. “That’s the reason it’s only logical for us to develop and construct the important thing expertise of the long run – the battery cell – ourselves. It’s simply as logical that we first check this new high-tech in probably the most aggressive of environments – motorsport. Our electrical sports activities automobile Taycan additionally acquired key developments and its main technical options from the race observe, from the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid.”
The highway to the three way partnership and the companions
The concept for a producing plant for high-performance battery cells got here from an initiative of the P3 Group. The Stuttgart-based administration consultancy developed the idea and submitted in 2019 a funding software with CUSTOMCELLS as a part of the European IPCEI challenge EuBatIn (Necessary Venture of Widespread European Curiosity – European Battery Innovation), which goals to construct up a aggressive European worth chain for lithium ion batteries, based mostly on modern and sustainable applied sciences. From the automotive business Porsche bought concerned as a challenge accomplice. This 12 months P3 Group determined to take care of neutrality and independence available in the market and to not be immediately concerned within the three way partnership. P3 acts as a expertise consultancy with a deep technical understanding within the discipline of battery cells and has concluded a long-term service contract with the Cellforce Group.
The concept for a producing plant for high-performance battery cells got here from the Stuttgart-based administration consultancy P3 Group and CUSTOMCELLS, which already operates a small-scale manufacturing facility in Tübingen. In 2019, P3 and CUSTOMCELLS as half the autumn IPCEI EuBatIn (Necessary Venture of Widespread Curiosity – European Battery Innovation). Porsche joined as a challenge accomplice from the automotive business. For strategic causes, P3 Group determined this 12 months to behave solely as an exterior accomplice so as to proceed working as an unbiased advisor with an in-depth technical understanding of the sector of battery cells. Cellforce Group has signed a long-term service settlement with P3.
The contracts between Porsche and CUSTOMCELLS had been signed on 21 Might 2021. The Managing Administrators of the brand new Cellforce Group GmbH are Markus Gräf as Chief Working Officer and Wolfgang Hüsken as Chief Monetary Officer from Porsche, and Torge Thönnessen as Chief Know-how Officer from CUSTOMCELLS.
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