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Battery technology in Brainport Eindhoven

Brainport Eindhoven is a top technology region in the Netherlands and the centre of Europe for developing new battery applications and scaling new battery technologies. In the development of a strong battery value chain, collaboration between  the local high-tech manufacturing industry, vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and knowledge institutes is crucial. This collaboration is in the DNA of Brainport Eindhoven. The region has the highest number of patents in Europe and is ranked 5th on the Global Innovation Index 2019 with regards to innovation linkages, existing industry-academic collaborations, industry collaborations, and cluster developmentThrough this way of working new technology-market concepts and system solutions are developed. As a region that is known for its open innovation collaborations, Brainport Eindhoven has a strong position to provide green transport solutions at quick pace. 

New generation of battery technology

Battery technology in Brainport Eindhoven

In Brainport Eindhoven companies and knowledge institutes are working together to develop battery systems for electric vehicle applications in markets as heavy duty trucks & buses, or niche applications like construction machines and small excavators. The region is home to OEMs, to companies developing the new generation of battery technologies, such as solid-state batteries, as well as providers of charging infrastructure, battery packs, and companies involved with recycling of lithium-ion batteries. 

VDL Bus & Coach, City of Eindhoven and Heliox

The power of collaboration

With the presence of OEMs in the heavy duty bus & truck segment, Brainport Eindhoven has a key role in the electrification of the transport sector. VDL, an international player in e-buses with battery competencies in-houseled a consortium that developed a total system solution for the city of Eindhoven. This resulted in the Citea Electric public transport bus, of which 43 are currently driving around in Eindhoven. Consortium partner Heliox, also located in the region, provided the charging infrastructure. At that time, this was the largest electric fleet in Europe. In February 2020, VDL announced that all of its Citea Electrics achieved a total of 50 million electric kilometres. A good example of value chain collaborations to proof electric applications in new segments. 

DAF Trucks, VDL, TNO and V-Storage

The power of collaboration

Global truck manufacturer DAF Trucks, a PACCAR company, has developed the CF Electric VDL E-Power, together with VDL. The vehicle features a zero-emission VDL electric powertrain and VDL batteries. The electric truck for short- and medium haul was made for the supply of Jumbo supermarkets within a 50 kilometer radius of its distribution centre. The truck has no harmful emissions and minimal noise pollution. For longer distances the manufacturers developed a hybrid truck. TNO and V-Storage, a joint venture of VDL Group and Scholt Energy Control, are both involved in the research of the truck. 

In another collaboration, DAF Trucks, VDL, and ROVA Waste management developed the CF Electric 6×2 Garbage Truck. This truck has also been equipped with VDLs zero-emission electric powertrain alongside a fully electric VDL refuse collection superstructure. The truck is powered by a 170 kWh battery and can be charged up to 80% capacity in 30 minutes whilst unloading. Therefore the truck suffices for regular garbage collection routes.

International hub for smart and green mobility

Automotive Campus

In Brainport Eindhoven technology and networks are clustered on campuses in order to create economic value and facilitate business development. Each of these campuses houses an ideal mix of companies, talents and knowledge institutes with a specific expertise. The Automotive campus, a former Volvo NedCar development centre, is a national and international hub that involves industry, education, knowledge institutes and government in an open-innovation, OEM-independent, and neutral setting. It features 45 companies and 25 labs and test facilities, for instance for smart mobility and heavy duty vehicles. Over 20,000 visitors attend the campus, or its 600+ events, every year. The campus, through its alliances with educationprovides access to a pool of over 500 young automotive talents. Lastly, RAI Automotive Industry NL, the cluster organization for the Dutch automotive industry, is also located at the campus providing access to the Dutch automotive market.  

Brainport Development: your gateway to battery techonology in Europe

How we help

Brainport Development is the economic development agency of the region, that works with representatives from industry, knowledge institutes and government to strengthen this top technology region. Brainport Development helps you to set up your business here, find suppliers or partners and connects you to networks and R&D facilities. If you want to receive more information regarding connecting to our local automotive and battery ecosystem, please feel free to contact us 

Contact

Rutger van Poppel

Brainport Development
Helping companies to set up their battery business in Brainport Eindhoven

+31 – 6 43564911