An industrial battery specialist based in North Staffordshire has signed a major new agreement which will help to ‘secure local jobs over the long term.’
Newcastle-based Hoppecke Industrial Batteries will test, repair and replace lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles (EV) across the UK and Europe as part of the new deal.
Together with its German parent company and European subsidiaries, the firm is partnering with CATL – a world leader in lithium-ion batteries for domestic and commercial electric vehicles and energy storage systems.
The pan-European contract will help to reinforce Hoppecke’s status as an independent energy storage expert for all battery technologies and a wide range of applications.
Stuart Browne, Hoppecke UK’s general manager, said: “We’re delighted to announce this new partnership, which will help to secure local jobs over the long term, and are proud to be making an important contribution to the turnaround in electric vehicle mobility across Europe.
“Our experienced engineers will play an important role supporting workshops, making reliable diagnoses and carrying out repairs, to ensure that vehicles are back on the road quickly and safely.”
More than 50 per cent of Hoppecke’s UK business involves the support of essential services.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak the company has been able to sustain its production levels and all 50 employees have been retained.