Engineering specialist IAV and Webasto have agreed upon a technology collaboration for electric commercial vehicles. The companies will then be jointly looking after the electrification of buses, trucks and work machines. This will enable them to offer customers component development and system integration from a single source upon request.

In light of ever stricter emissions guidelines, manufacturers of commercial vehicles and buses are increasingly investing in models with alternative drive systems. Webasto and IAV are taking the next step in this growing market, offering customers seamless system development for e-commercial vehicles onwards.

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IAV and Webasto: a cooperation for buses and commercial vehicles electrification

Webasto provides expertise in components including battery (production started in late 2019), HighVoltage Heater (HVH) and heat pump. IAV contributes its expertise in the area of complete vehicle development and system integration, e.g. in high-voltage integration and overarching thermal management. Customers thus will receive comprehensive solutions adapted to the performance and product requirements of the vehicle in question and seamlessly integrated into the vehicle, according to the partners. Rapid system integration, including fuse protection and all necessary safety approvals, enables vehicle manufacturers to get products on the road faster and more cost-effectively.

IAV has already successfully collaborated with Webasto on the development of its modular E-toolkit for commercial vehicles. The modular system is to be used to convert diesel double-decker buses for tourist trips to electric drive.

IAV – Webasto: a technological partnership

Heike Niehues, globally responsible for the aftermarket business at Webasto, emphasizes the importance of partnerships in the field of electromobility: “In order to be able to offer our customers solutions that meet their needs, collaborations like this one are important drivers. They serve sustainable mobility for our common end customers – so that electromobility will also be a success story in the field of e-commercial vehicles.”

Matthias Kratzsch, Chief Executive Officer at IAV, said: “In light of the increasing complexity and variance of models and technologies, our customers want integrated and efficient development more than ever. With Webasto as a valued partner in the industry, we are positioning ourselves more broadly and supporting our customers in moving even faster from development to series production”.


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