Kreisel Electric To Build Battery Pack Factory In Austria

MAY 10 2016 BY MARK KANE 34

Kreisel Electric builds factory in Upper Austria

Kreisel Electric builds factory in Upper Austria

European battery expert Kreisel Electric announced start of building a new battery pack factory “3K One” in Austria.

Batteries are to be produced for both electric vehicles and energy storage systems, with an annual output of 800,000 kWh.

Production launch is expected in March 2017.

Kreisel Electric expects that the fully automated production line, at the 6,276 square meters of building, will be supported by 70 new jobs.

The company also boasts of the highest energy density and long lasting battery packs on the market:

“Ground-breaking new battery factory

Until its opening in March 2017 up to 70 jobs will be established. The highly innovative battery technology by Kreisel has already impressively proven its performance ability many times. The company also realizes complex projects, including the development of power trains, charging technology and software in collaboration with its industrial partners.

Due to the particular assembling of the batteries and the innovative thermal management the current product generation features an advantage of 20 percent more usable capacity available in comparison to the products of the main competitor. With a weight of only 4.1 kilograms (resp. 9 pounds) and the tiny volume of 1950 cm3 (resp. 0.43 gallons) the Kreisel battery reaches a capacity of 1 kilowatt hour – an outstanding power density in comparison with competitors. In assembly with an electric car the guaranteed service life of the currently lightest battery on the market is 400,000 kilometres (approx. 248,500 miles).

Kreisel Electric builds factory in Upper Austria

Kreisel Electric builds factory in Upper Austria

In its first expansion stage, the factory, which is due to open in March 2017 in Rainbach, Austria, can produce batteries with a capacity of 800,000 kilowatt hours per year. Due to the highly automated manufacturing process the serial assembly of the battery technology is particularly fast (15 seconds for each kilowatt hour) and thus very economic. Within a quarter a duplication of the production capacity is feasible.

Prospectively the three equally sized parts of the building will be used for battery production, as well as for technical development of prototypes and small batch productions. The last section of the building will host the software and engineering development and the offices. The roof of the factory will be equipped with a photovoltaic system with a 200 kilowatt peak output. The generated solar power will be stored in stationary Kreisel batteries (of 1,000 kilowatt hours) to secure the continuous power supply for building and charging stations. The heat supply is ensured by using the waste heat from the manufacturing machines together with thermal heat pumps.

Kreisel Electric builds factory in Upper Austria

Kreisel Electric builds factory in Upper Austria

Kreisel as a battery technology producer

With this innovative battery technology Kreisel Electric positions itself as one of the few European manufacturers for mobile and stationary energy storages. Also by the successful implementation in retrofitted vehicles, formerly powered by a combustion engine, Kreisel Electric proved the outstanding product properties regarding power density, compact construction, short charging times, high level of safety (liquid cooling) and the high guaranteed service life.

Amongst these individually converted vehicles are a Porsche Panamera with a total electric (operating) range of 450 kilometres (resp. 280 miles) without speed reduction (up to 300 km/ h resp. 186 mph), a Skoda Yeti and a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Besides that Kreisel cooperates with manufacturers, fleet operators, as well as with cab and transport companies. The result is either the production of a custom-made small-scale series with up to 500 vehicles or Kreisel supports the company in establishing and operating a licenced production of its battery technology.

Another highlight is the implementation of a Kreisel battery in the e-Golf by VW: the high- voltage battery is mounted between the axles and currently features a capacity of 24.2 kilowatt hours at a weight of 330 kilograms (approx. 730 pounds). The installation of the Kreisel battery pack enables a higher capacity of 55.7 kilowatt hours, while the required installation space and the weight remain identical. Thus the e-cars driving range in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) improves from 190 to over 430 kilometres (resp. from 120 to 267 miles).”

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34 Comments on "Kreisel Electric To Build Battery Pack Factory In Austria"

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55.7kwh in 330kg? Pretty impressive. Bolt 60kwh battery pack weighs 110kg more… So is price of their product much higher? It seems it is. Because why bother to build only 0,8gwh factory and not 8gwh? VW can easily sell 100k e-golfs with these spec…

Definitely could sell a ton of eGolfs… maybe they are just wanting to do a proof of concept factory and then be bought out for billions

I would imagine with such a small factory they are going after the plug-in hybrid performance market. Or some niche with low demands and high price tolerance.

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Their projects pages are mostly VW-based vehicles, and mostly look like useful electric conversions rather than pie-in-the-sky exotics:
BEV VW Caddy, BEV Trasporter, BEV 4×4 Škoda Yeti. (*)
However, I don’t think they’ve done any actual production to date, so are unlikely to be a supplier for VW.

(*) I don’t understand the BMW 3-series project, where they call the EV drivetrain a “range extender” — is there still an ICE onboard??

The Panasonic NCR18650B cells that Tesla has been using since 2011 are ~ 250 watt-hour/kg or 4 kg per kilowatt-hour. Kreisel is finally catching up to Tesla/Panasonic 5 years later … still much better than LG Chem cells or LiFePO (Lithium Iron Phosphate).

“is 400,000 kilometres (approx. 25,000 miles).”
Seems okay 🙂

Well, range in km is European cycle, the one in miles is EPA ?



400,000 kilometers ~ 250,000 miles

Who is the manufacturer of the battery cells used in these Kreisel battery packs?

For building their modules they use multiple 18650 cylindrical 18650 3.500 mAh cells connected in parallel. These cells are made by Sanyo/Panasonic, LG Chem and Samsung SDI. So they can change supplier if needed or if they get a better price. Currently Samsung SDI has price and performance advantage over Sanyo/Panasonic and LG Chem.

Due to the error(s) and the choice of words used in this article, how can any of this be taken seriously? My calculator tells me that 400,000 km = ~25,000 miles. Which is right? Please proofread before publishing an article.

My turn now, 400,000 km = ~250,000 miles.

Just as a point of interest, that quote is via company directly (not InsideEVs).

It never occurred to us that we might have to check their conversion math, lol…but we did fix the error in their quote now. Thanks for the heads up.

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If you use km’s only it would avoid confusion as only one or two countries in the world use miles.

Hm. Is this Golf VIII..? VW has announced an increase for the 2017 model to 300 km NEDC, but here they say 430 km. If it was for 2017 it would almost make for a proper Bolt competitor (it’ll be about 500 km NEDC), but for next generation Golf it seems too low..!

Wow, where did these guys come from? It sounds a little too good to be true but I hope it is!

Kreisel Electric is legit and well known in Europe.

Check their site for some cool projects:

1kWh for 1950 cm3 = 513 Wh/L

Does anyone know the Wh/L spec for the LG Chem and Samsung SDI cells?

The Kreisel Electric specs are for battery packs, not cells.
Kreisel Electric doesn’t manufacture the cells, they just pack them with a cooling system etc.
Not sure what cell brand Kreisel Electric uses though.

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I think it was with

They are using 18650 cylindrical cells. Each with 3.500 mAh. Sanyo, LG Chem and Samsung SDI having been selling them since last year. You can buy them online from China. Panasonic no longer has the monopoly of high density cells. Now Tesla Motors can change the battery supplier if needed. The density energy is 751 Wh/L. The cells in the 24 kWh Nissan Leaf battery are 317 Wh/L…

Panasonic no longer has the monopoly of high density cells. Now Tesla Motors can change the battery supplier if needed.

That’s assuming a great many things, including:

1. Competitive price

2. Similar power density (not just energy density)

3. Volume production rivaling Panasonic… which is extremely unlikely to be the case.

And anyway, Tesla will soon be controlling its own battery supply, from its Gigafactory.

What cell brand does Kreisel Electric use in their battery packs?

Interesting, that means there should be a nice business selling 50 kWh battery pack upgrades for the existing Nissan LEAFs! On the other hand, Nissan might have a few choice words to say about that but maybe it could be done in cooperation with them?

Why just 50? I don’t think Nissan made any major changes to anything for the 30 kWh Leaf, and the density here is supposedly more than double, so 65 kWh should be possible. You know, just to outdo the Bolt 🙂

I’m surprised it’s worthwhile siting factories in an expensive country like Austria.

Then again, they’ll be doing packs, not cells, so maybe it’s more of an sub-assembly facility, which might need to be close to vehicle assembly lines, to save on shipping costs.

Some 3,500 mah oem cells have been tested on this awesome website for those of us who are obsessed with battery cell tech. Unfortunately cycle life is’nt part of his testing. The Panasonic is quite far down in the list now.

That’s a pretty rendering of a factory, but have a look at what’s currently there and you get more of a “Crazy Dave’s Cheap Electric Car Conversion Shop!” feel to the property.

Still, I appreciate their efforts and vision, and wish them luck.