Volvo becomes the main investor with e-mobility specialist design

Volvo becomes the main investor with e-mobility specialist design-volvo

The Designwerk Group is already aimed for 12 years on e-mobility in commercial vehicle sector. In this context, the company has already succeeded in promoting the development and production of electric trucks, mobile fast charger and modular battery systems. A vision that the Volvo Group wants to support in the future. By acquiring 60 percent of the Designwerk Group, the Volvo Group will complement its existing offer in the field of niche products and solutions.

Volvo’s trust should be used to continue to grow in the field of electromobility products and engineering services. Under the brand Futuricum, the Designwerk Group sells tailor-made electric trucks, mobile fast chargers and high-voltage battery systems. As an innovative company, design work relies on the development with customers for fast feedback loops to constantly improve the offer.

“The Designwerk Group has great competence in electromobility, focusing on developing, prototype production and production of niche products in small quantities throughout the field of industrial electromobility, which makes the offer of the Volvo Group best complement. This investment supports the transition of the Volvo Group to climate-neutral transport solutions in all segments.”- Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer of the Volvo Group

Adrian Melliger, CEO of the Designwerk Group, expressed itself as follows on the investment of Volvo: “By combining the market leadership and the know-how of Volvo with our niche production, we will be able to jointly be able to become the necessary distribution of electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure accelerate.”To mention is that design work continues to work as an independent company. The investment of the Volvo Group allows the Designwerk Group to master rapid growth and further expand the corporate transactions. The transaction should be completed in the coming weeks.

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  1. Here I have data one of the big E-trucks.

    Type: Futuricum FM Semi 40e (4x2T)

    Total weight: up to 44 t

    Curb weight (without construction, depending on the battery size): from 8 t

    payload (without construction, depending on the battery size): up to 32 t

    speed (electronically limited): 86 km / h

    Power: 500 kW / 680 hp

    Translation: 1-speed gearbox / switching and clutch free

    Batteries: 255 to 450 kWh (Netto 217 to 383 kWh)

    Range: 150 to 250 km (appreciated)

    Weight batteries: 1.770 to 2.720 kg (lithium ions (NMC))

    * The DesignWerkgroup takes on all applications average consumption of 160 kWh / 100 km.

    (Source: Futuricum.COM)

    And here data of a smaller truck.

    Type: Futuricum FM Logistics 18e (4x2R)

    Total weight: up to 19 t

    Curb weight (without construction, depending on the battery size): from 8 t

    payload (without construction, depending on the battery size): up to 11 t

    speed (electronically limited): 86 km / h

    Power: 500 kW / 680 hp

    Translation: 1-speed gearbox / switching and clutch free

    Batteries: 340 to 900 kWh (Netto 289 to 765 kWh)

    Range*: 200 to 500 km (appreciated)

    Weight batteries: 2.330 to 5.440 kg

    * The DesignWerkgroup takes on all applications average consumption of 160 kWh / 100 km

    What is noticeable is that 1-speed gearbox (like e-cars), In contrast, the Hyundai H2 truck has a multi-speed gearbox (ATM S4500 – by Allison / 6 Forward and 1 Reverse Speed – Source: Hyundai-HM.COM).

    The gearbox (ATM S4500) at H2 truck of Hyundai weighs dry approximately. 400 kg plus approx. 40 liters of oil.

    Will H2-conditioned at the H2 truck of Hyundai (fuel cell system incl. Side aggregates, 7x H2 tanks and multi-speed gearboxes) added, then a lot of weight comes together.

    At the H2 truck of Hyundai, there is a complex (and more expensive) lightweight construction to remain enough payload while the battery electrical Futuricum E-trucks a standard truck chassis to use.

    At the Semi Truck of Tesla, a lightweight chassis should ensure that there is no loss at the Nuzlast. I’m looking forward to the first driving tests of the car magazines.

    Depending on the battery comes the Futuricum up to 500 km range, From 2025 should be up to 1.000 km with the same battery weight in it when sulfur lithium batteries go into mass production.

    Get the battery electric trucks, There it is questionable whether there are still manufacturers of hydrogen trucks at the end of the decade in Europe and whether for Asian H2 trucks (Z.B. which by Hyundai) even more customers can be found in Europe.

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