The request for maximum mobility stimulates not only the demand for well-known appliances such as vacuum cleaners or drill hammers. With modern lithium-ion batteries numerous new ideas can be realized of which robotic lawn mowers are only one of many examples. The market potential for battery-powered appliances is enormous.
“From our point of view it is most important to commonly build up our own production of lithium-ion cells in Germany, too. That is the only way to reduce the dependency risks on the few, mainly Asiatic cell producers in the long run,” says Bauer.
As a first intermediate step, BMZ intends to launch their own extremely efficient cell, which is to be applied in their own as well as customer-related battery systems. The cell, which will be available in prototype form at the end of this year claims 100% higher durability, 68% more performance, 88% more energy, 400% more charging current and up to 60% more capacity compared with usual cells according to the industrial standard 18650.
In 2015, the company, which was founded in 1994, achieved a turnover of some 350 million euros as the largest independent European lithium-ion battery system developer and manufacturer, with more than 1,200 employees worldwide. The 500 million threshold is expected to be broken in 2020 at the latest.
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