ABT and Schaeffler electrify VW transporters
The Schaeffler Group and vehicle tuning provider ABT have established a strategic collaboration to electrify light commercial vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tons. Their first customer is Volkswagen AG.2 Jan 2020 Barbara Rusch
The collaboration between Bavarian companies Schaeffler from Herzogenaurach and ABT e-Line from Kempten aims to develop more advanced electric powertrains and to integrate and incorporate them in vehicles, with the focus on light commercial and special vehicles. A further objective is to develop flexible mechatronic chassis solutions.
The collaboration will begin with the electrification of light commercial vehicles from the Volkswagen Group. ABT e-Line is a 100% subsidiary of ABT Holding that, as a premium partner to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, has been commissioned to fully electrify light commercial vehicles, including the T6 and Caddy models; it also bears customer responsibility for the electric powertrain, including the warranty. The Schaeffler Group, which has been working in Formula E in partnership with ABT since 2014, will contribute its technological and – provided the subsequent cartel clearance is obtained – management expertise to the partnership, and will also develop and supply technological solutions for the electric powertrain. In the initial phase, the focus will be on project management – from concept through homologation – and system supplier management.
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