Hofer Powertrain, based in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, has opened a new facility in Vienna, Austria. This development builds on the city’s emergence as an engineering hub for e-mobility, and the company aims to leverage this to drive further innovation in e-drive technology.
Hofer Powertrain is a system supplier, engineering and technology partner for efficient powertrain solutions covering all classes of electrified vehicles. Its primary goal is to increase the efficiency of e-mobility with forward-looking solutions achieved through comprehensive knowledge of the complete powertrain system, including software, functions, and vehicle integration from pre-development to SOP.
On April 17, 2023, the new site officially opened under the leadership of location director Klaus Wawra. Wawra is focused on driving business development and competence build-up. Prior to the official opening, the site had already acquired its first qualified automotive customers.
“In the first days of opening, our primary goal is to rapidly provide resilient concepts and first-class engineering competencies for our customers,” stated Wawra.
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Hofer Powertrain offers its core competencies in electrified powertrains at a new location. The team has experience in inverter, software, system, and electric motor development; its aim is to meet the unique requirements of automotive customers and produce high-performance drive technology. The company will consider the growing market trend for 800 V and higher high voltages, whilst addressing the increasing demands for faster charging, higher power density, improved efficiency, and reduced production costs.
In its Viennese location, Hofer Powertrain will cover the above-mentioned main areas, as well as offer the entire spectrum of products and services, from concept development to simulation work and full-scale testing to small-scale production support. The proximity to well-known educational institutions such as TU Wien, FH Technikum Wien, FH Campus Wien, HTL TGM Wien 20, HTL Donaustadt, and HTL Rennweg offers exchange and collaboration opportunities, as well as access to talented, aspiring professionals. Every year, several international conferences on e-mobility and automotive engineering take place in Vienna, enabling Hofer Powertrain to further expand its presence at these important events.
Due to its proximity to the airport and the Vienna Exhibition Center, customers will reportedly benefit from the immediate vicinity of all the company’s development competencies. Hofer has also highlighted its attractive working environment, which it anticipates will attract new talent to the site.
“We are looking forward to rapid progress and strong collaboration with all nearby locations in Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Liechtenstein, forming an important hub for e-mobility and engineering innovations in the European area, which underlines our strong commitment to greener and more efficient mobility,” concluded Wawra.