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2022
17
Oct

The Akku Vision team is growing

Akku Vision GmbH Heiko Friedrich

On 01 November 2022, the company Akku Vision welcomed Heiko Friedrich to the position of Key Account Manager.

Heiko Friedrich already has over 30 years of experience in the bike industry and has extensive knowledge in customer care, especially in the e-bike sector. In the future, he will actively support the Akku Vision team and take care of OEM customers in the e-bike sector.

"We are very pleased to be welcoming Heiko into our sales team as Key Account Manager (OEM). He brings a wealth of sales experience and with his wide contact network in the e-bike industry, we are certain that new potential OEM projects will be realized in the coming years." Kim Madsen, CSO.

17
Oct

Kim Madsen of Akku Vision: 'Think global, source local'


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While the global economy continues to be in turmoil and uncertainty, more and more bicycle brands put their supply chains to the test. With its headquarter in the heart of Europe, the German company Akku Vision shows that nearshoring is not only an option for the production of complex bike parts but also can help e-bike manufacturers to increase the efficiency of their supply chain management.

From labour shortages to production bottlenecks – the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, its consequences and the war in Ukraine have far-reaching economic consequences worldwide. Especially, the supply chains have been affected by the continuing instability of the global situation. Several studies across different industries show how enormous the challenges for companies are these days.

Just recently, the Global Supply Chain Pressure Index (GSCPI), an analysis published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, reached an all-time peak since its start in 1997. Looking at such data, it is no surprise that functional logistics have now evolved from a cost factor to a real competitive advantage for companies. A development that has also reached the bicycle industry with its complex and vulnerable supply chains.

"While offshoring has been the way to go for big parts of the industry for many years, the current global situation makes decision-makers think of moving their production closer to their main markets," Kim Madsen explains. The Chief Sales Marketing Officer of the German company Akku Vision, a leading e-bike battery developer and producer, speaks out of his experience.

While the general production of e-bike batteries has historically been taking place mainly in Asia, the company from Haibach has recently seen a substantial increase in demand from manufacturers around the globe. "One reason is that we’ve focused strongly on OEM production since 2020. Another is the increasing trend of nearshoring. Shorter lead times and high-quality standards are good arguments for bicycle brands to source their components more locally," Madsen says.

Advanced engineering and high internal standards

Founded in 2011, Akku Vision initially focused on supplying the aftermarket with replacement batteries for e-bikes. Additionally, after a rebranding in 2020, the company expanded its business to supplying batteries to OEM drive and e-bike manufacturers.

"Our strategy is vertical, from developing hardware and software to inhouse cell-testing to battery management system assembly to the final testing of the battery packs before their shipment to the customer," Madsen says. He also points out that the German company has established itself as one of the market leaders in its field over the last years. "Our success shows that battery production in the heart of Europe is more relevant than ever. The current economic conditions put many companies on a strain when it comes to securing their business. Therefore, one of the measures is to source parts and components from European suppliers to be able to deliver complete e-bikes to the market."

For OEM partners, Akku Vision offers specific customised solutions as well as ‘off the shelve’ battery packs. "We successfully introduced our Bespoke Battery Concept with intube batteries and our innovative cargo bike battery pack Fusione to selected OEM customers at Eurobike show in July," Madsen reports.

The Bespoke Battery Concept battery packs are offered with various capacities, ranging from 360 Wh to 844 Wh as 36 V versions and 504 Wh to 886 Wh in their 48 V variants. The Fusione cargo battery is offered with 1.6 kWh capacity in 36 V. "Both BBC and Fusione can be multi-stacked for even more capacities and are compatible to most market requested drive units and communicate through CAN, UART/USART and One wire serial. Unique with Fusione is that it smart detects which drive unit is built into the cargo bike," Madsen explains.

Successful collaboration with Revonte

Individual and bespoke solutions for their partners – an example of how nearshoring in the field of e-bike batteries can successfully work is the collaboration between Akku Vision and the Finnish drive system producer Revonte.

"Already quite early in the design phase, it became clear that batteries available in the market were not sufficient for our power needs, so we had to build our own battery," Revonte-CEO Otto Chrons says. In this context, his company wanted to work with a European supplier from the beginning. "We wanted a supplier that had a history of designing and manufacturing high-quality batteries and who would be able to work with us in a highly flexible co-development mode. Akku Vision impressed us with their ability to build batteries for many different drive units and having their production in Germany", he explains as to why Revonte chose to work with the German battery producer.

It is a decision that has paid off in the face of the currently stuttering global supply chains. "Now that more and more companies are moving their production from Far-East to Europe, it’s becoming clear that going for a European partner from the start was the right choice," Chrons says. In this way, he also confirms the experience of Kim Madsen. The Akku Vision CSMO strongly believes that the demand for nearshoring in the e-bike sector will grow further in the upcoming years and also expects substantial growth in volume and revenue for his company. "Sourcing more locally can help e-bike manufacturers to increase the efficiency of their supply chain management – especially in these difficult times."

Interview auf www.bike-eu.com lesen
15
Sep

E-bike battery safety is key for Akku Vision

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A key element for the success of German company, Akku Vision, a leading e-bike battery producer, is the high standards maintained when it comes to the functional safety of its products.

The production of e-bikes has become increasingly complex in recent years, primarily due to new model variants, new technologies and new legal requirements. In addition to the engine itself, one component in particular poses a significant challenge to the engineers: the battery. From the lithium-ion cells to the battery management system to the housing, everything must be perfectly in tune to ensure the smooth and safe functioning of an e-bike battery. That’s why the standards for developing e-bike batteries have also become increasingly complex in recent years.

Certifications or test procedures such as UN 38.3, IEC 62133 or the newly-enacted EN 50604-1 (all standards for lithium batteries) and EN 15194 (requirements for electrically power-assisted cycles) are intended to ensure that no malfunctions, short circuits, and other failures occur during use. “The topic of safety accompanies us in our work every day. In the case of e-bike batteries, functional safety according to ISO 13849, which is derived from the requirements of EN 15194, is particularly important. This includes measures that ensure that a battery functions correctly and that the risk of faults is as low as possible,” explains Marcel Wilke, chief technical officer at Akku Vision, a leading e-bike battery producer worldwide.

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At its headquarters in Haibach, Akku Vision has been developing and producing e-bike batteries since 2011 for both OEM customers and for the aftermarket. "From requirement analysis to cell selection series production and certification, we offer the full programme from enquiry to finished product," Wilke says. "We develop everything in-house – hardware, software and even most of the testing and inspection equipment come from us. We even have our own test department and also write algorithms ourselves, such as for calculating the charging level of the batteries," he adds.

The German manufacturer places particular emphasis on the functional safety of its products. Elaborate control and test procedures ensure that they not only meet the international standards but even exceed them in many cases – starting with model-specific FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) and FMEDA (Failure Modes, Effects, and Diagnostic Analysis) procedures to the calculation of the statistical failure rates of components and circuit parts (MTTFd) to the determination of the performance levels of the protective functions to the battery management system itself.

"A standard always represents only the minimum requirement. However, our hardware and software often contain further protective measures that are not required by the standard. However, these additionally implemented measures significantly improve the protection of the battery," Wilke explains.

He also points out that the company’s own measures often exceed the guideline values of the international specifications many times over. "Our top priority when it comes to the development is safety. However, the requirements of the standards are often not sufficient to guarantee this in the best possible way. For this reason, we set our own standards. "

BMS

Akku Vision, therefore, protects both the individual cells and the entire battery with multi-level safety systems. These systems monitor, for example, the temperature at several points in the battery pack, the functionality of the battery management system, the charging and discharging current and the individual cell voltage. Another focus is on the protection against a possible overvoltage of cells as well as the prevention of deep discharge. Additionally, the system should prevent short circuits. This is achieved through specific mechanisms: as soon as a component exceeds previously defined limits, or another problem occurs, the cell pack is switched off by a protective function. "Depending on the requirements, five to ten of our engineers are involved in developing a battery. Due to the high requirements and the equally high demand for our products, we need about six to twelve months to develop and test a new product," Wilke reports.

Wilke is particularly proud that all development and production steps take place in the company’s own factory. Only training and product certifications are sometimes outsourced. For example, six employees were recently trained by TÜV SGS Saar to become certified Machinery Functional Safety Professionals (MFSP). Currently, there are only 75 such experts in Germany. "So we provide almost 10% of them," says Wilke. Because of this accumulated know-how in his own company, the Akku Vision CTO is more than optimistic about the future. This is all the more true as the standards for e-bike batteries will continue to become more complex in the coming years – possibly at the same speed as the rapidly increasing sales figures of pedelecs worldwide.

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15
Jun

Italian E-Bike drive unit maker OLI partners with Akku Vision


"With the goal of expanding their strategic approach to the current industry’s supply chain complexities, Akku Vision and OLI Ebike Systems partner-up to offer complete drive systems compatible with the most diffused frames.

The bicycle industry, as many other production fi elds, is living a profound evolution since two years. We are observing a tremendous interest by bicycle brands to increase proximity with their suppliers. The goal is to ensure a reliable supply chain, have a closer relationship with product development and add fl exibility to production.

Onboarding Akku Vision in our portfolio of available battery packs gives us the opportunity to approach many new brands with a complete drive system directly compatible with their existing frames. We believe to have many added values both from an industrial and a product point of view. Therefore, we don’t want to introduce yet another standard with all the consequent complexities. Our motors, displays and accessories are fully designed and engineered in use. Production of drive units, warehouse and customer service are located in Italy.

We are expanding our team with reps ad service trainer in each country in Europe. OLI eBike Systems is ready to become the next main European player in drive units manufacturing. The partnership with Akku Vision, and other strategic battery manufacturers, is a key for this ambitious goal", Luca Amilicia – OLI eBike Systems Product Marketing Manager.

A complete System

"With the decision by OLI to cooperate with the german based ebike battery manufacturer Akku Vision, OLI now can provide ebike manufacturers a complete replacement of the Bosch gen x drive systems! Not only the motor but also the InFrame battery of Bosch can be replaced 1:1. So there is no further need to developing new frames! In times of critical supply chains, this helps the ebike manufacturers to be deliverable", says Mr. Daniel Maiberger, CEO – Akku Vision GmbH.

"The battery is 630 Wh, available as horizontal/vertical versions and is completely developed and assembled at our factory in Haibach, Germany. We are offering fl exibility and speed to market as we currently promise deliveries within 6 months from order date. We strongly believe that we can fi ll a big gap due to the current challenging market situation." Says Mr. Kim Madsen, CSO – Akku Vision GmbH.

Available Systems

Akku Vision batteries are compatible with OLI EDGE (compatible to Bosch Gen. 4), OLI SPORT (own bracket) and OLI NEW MOVE (compatible to Bosch Gen. 2 & 3) drive units covering every range of application. The system can be completed choosing between the HIGH-VISION, SIDE-VISION and MATRIX displays.


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2021
04
Nov

Akku Vision and Swobbee Cooperation


Even more batteries, even more possibilities: Swobbee integrates more battery types into its swapping stations

  • Swobbee signs cooperation agreement with German e-bike battery manufacturer Akku Vision.
  • Swobbee consolidates position as central „filling station“ for micromobility

The Berlin GreenTech startup Swobbee has started the 4th quarter with a new cooperation. With Akku Vision, a renowned battery manufacturer from Germany complements Swobbee‘s battery portfolio, which thus grows significantly in compatible battery types. At the Swobbee Sharing Points, batteries from GreenPack, Okai, Torrot and Kumpan can already be exchanged, which are used in numerous e-cargo bikes, e-scooters and e-kickscooters.

Akku Vision with a prominent position in the e-bike market

The Franconia-based manufacturer Akku Vision has already been active in the development and production of high-quality e-bike batteries for the spare parts market since 2011, which are sold under its own brand E-Bike-Vision. Akku Vision produces compatible batteries for drive systems from Bosch, Yamaha, Panasonic and Gazelle. In addition, OEM-specific projects were added to the in-house development and production this year.

"We are very delighted to be working with Swobbee, which has extensive expertise and experience in operating and maintaining sharing points for Micromobility. Together, our goal is to further develop the product portfolio and we expect to expand its multimodal swapping points to new urban locations not only in Germany, but internationally as well." Says Kim Madsen, CSO of Akku Vision GmbH.

Swobbee battery swapping stations increase efficiency and sustainability

Swobbee is the first and only manufacturer-independent battery swap station with an intermodal approach for all types of small electric vehicles. The intelligent Swobbee stations fill the existing charging infrastructure gap in the booming micro-mobility sector. With its innovative Battery-as-a-Service approach, Swobbee helps to operate sharing and logistics fleets in a more efficient, sustainable and cost-optimised way.

"We are very pleased to have won Akku Vision, a leading developer of high-quality battery systems for e-bikes, as a cooperation partner. This again expands Swobbee‘s range of applications, which increases its attractiveness for fleet operators and other users. This is another big step towards our goal of making Swobbee the central filling station for micro-mobility and establishing a dense network of charging and exchange stations in urban areas," explains Tobias Breyer, COO and co-founder of Swobbee.


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23
Sep

Akku Vision launches B2B Shop


As of 23.09 September, Akku Vision has opened their new B2B shop on the www.e-bike-vision.de homepage. The shop is open for dealers in Germany and Austria and with a few clicks availability, prices and ordering of ebike batteries are conveniently at hand for the customer.

"E-commerce is becoming a vital part of our business and now the dealer can access our shop and place their order 24H any day. We hope our customers will welcome this new buying portal and it will add to our continuous sales growth of replacement batteries". Mr. Daniel Maiberger, CEO.


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16
Aug

E-BIKE VISION TO BE REBRANDED AS AKKU VISION GMBH


E-bike Battery specialist Akku Vision GmbH has entered a partnership with UniverCell Holding GmbH, a German cell manufacturer based in Flintbek, North Germany. The companies are developing an OEM battery concept for the e-bike aftermarket

UniverCell is producing electrodes and cells based on lithium-ion technology. Akku Vision will use their 18650 and 21700 cylindrical cells in battery packs for both e-bike aftermarket and for OEM specific eMobility solutions. Akku Vision will start using the cells in production from end of 2022 and ramp up volumes in 2023 and onwards.

CEO of Akku Vision Mr. Daniel Maiberger commented: „The production of cells in Germany is the basis for achieving the predicted growth in electromobility! Through this cooperation with German cell manufacturer UniverCell, Akku Vision has laid the foundation for securing the supply chain for its own products and the products of our OEM customers for years to come!"

Furthermore, Akku Vision is introducing a new tailored business model Bespoke Battery Concept with up to 864 Wh in 36V technology and up to 842 Wh in 48V technology (available within 2022) with 21700 sized cells which aims at OEM customers who seek an European based battery partner.

"We are much more than a supplier, we are a real partner and are 100% dedicated to projects that we take on. We have built up an extensive experience and know-how with developing and assembling high quality e-bike batteries at our facilities in Haibach, Germany. The whole industry is disrupted in their supply chain especially with goods made in Asia and as a result of that, European customers turn more to local supply solutions, so this is where we fit in very well by providing flexibility and On Time delivery. Additionally, we offer a palette of benefits such as extended premium warranty of 36 months, flex financing on development costs and a service network in Europe, North America and Australia to mention some of the benefits", explains Mr. Kim Madsen, CSO.


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11
Feb

Akku Vision and Triathlon Group launch new corporation: TAV Battery GmbH


TAV Battery GmbH is a 49 % subsidiary under Akku Vision GmbH and a 51 % subsidiary under Triathlon Holding GmbH and is focusing on fully automated li-ion battery assembly of OEM and aftermarket products with 18650 and 21700 cells for various segments such as LEV, hobby, pedelecs, leisure and various consumer applications

The main assembly will take place in Haibach, Germany where Akku Vision GmbH has it’s headquarter covering more than 5,000 sqm of production and office space.

"We expect to gain many synergies from this company, to mention joint cell and parts purchasing, expanded R&D capacities and the options for additional assembly locations that Triathlon Group can provide within Germany and USA for even bigger volumes." says Mr. Daniel Maiberger, CEO of Akku Vision GmbH.

"Alliances play a key role in our corporate growth strategy. The strategic cooperation in the company enables us to develop new business potential in the fast-growing consumer segment. The contribution of many years of product know-how and production experience enables us to offer high quality and innovative products. We are looking forward to a great cooperation with Akkuvision GmbH in the future." says Mr. Florian Seitz, CFO of Triathlon Holding.

Die TAV GmbH plant, bis zum Ende des 1. Quartals 2021 voll einsatzfähig zu sein.


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2020
28
Aug

E-BIKE VISION TO BE REBRANDED AS AKKU VISION GMBH


With effect from 28 August 2020, the former E-Bike Vision GmbH will be known as Akku Vision GmbH.

Mr Daniel Maiberger, CEO of Akku Vision GmbH, explains the reasons behind this change: "Akku Vision is a suitable name for our future business, as we are expanding our product portfolio to include other categories such as intralogistics, hobby and leisure, while remaining a supplier of high-quality replacement batteries that are compatible with electric bike drive systems from leading brands."

In preparation for this expansion, Akku Vision moved to its new premises in July, which span more than 5,000 square metres. The following services will accommodated at the new premises: Storage, service, research and development, administration and production. We are proud to announce that our quality management system has received ISO 9001 certification.

The management team was expanded with the appointment of Kim Madsen as Sales and Marketing Manager and Marcel Wilke as Technical Manager, who will lead a new team of hardware and software engineers. Both have many years of experience in their respective disciplines and will ensure that the long-term strategy is correctly implemented.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a motivated and enthusiastic team. My job is to expand our aftermarket business which we currently operate in Germany, Switzerland and the Nordic countries with our own sales office and Benelux via our distributor MyMicroGroup B.V. and to manage our international OEM sales. We are seeing increasing demand from OEM customers for battery systems produced in Europe and we know that with our change to Akku Vision cements us as a qualified and competent partner," says Kim Madsen.

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