The EU's target is to cut CO2 emissions from automobiles by 40% by 2030 compared to 2021. As a result, car manufacturers must produce cars with zero emissions or CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km. These requirements are hastening electrification, and according to IHS, nearly one-third of newly registered vehicles will be fully electric by 2025. By 2030, hybrid and all-electric vehicles will account for more than half of the European new car market. VARTA is ideally positioned to electrify Europe's car fleet with its xEV portfolio, which is now being expanded with new types of batteries.
Lithium-ion high-voltage batteries power the powertrain in electric vehicles. It is supplemented with a 12-volt battery, which powers the interior electrical system's comfort and safety features. It ensures that the electric vehicle operates while driving and when the vehicle is parked, and the high-voltage battery is unplugged. The 12-volt battery, for example, ensures that the vehicle may be locked and unlocked and that wireless updates and the alarm system work when the vehicle is parked. It ensures that lights, brakes, and steering work properly while driving, even if there are sudden faults on the high voltage system, and the vehicle must be stopped safely.
To accomplish this, EVs require more durable and capable 12-volt batteries that can endure continuous charge and discharge cycles.
A defective battery may be unable to supply the vehicle's energy requirements, resulting in premature breakdowns. As a result, the original battery must be replaced with a product that fulfills the same specifications.
VARTA AGM xEV batteries are designed specifically for electric vehicles and meet OEM manufacturer specifications. Clarios, operating under the VARTA brand, is the world's premier battery manufacturer and the largest original equipment supplier to all major automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen Group, and BMW. Six out of every ten new vehicles in Europe include a Clarios battery. VARTA AGM xEV batteries' rugged architecture enables them to satisfy today's and tomorrow's expectations for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Clarios has a broad product portfolio of low-voltage batteries, including lithium-ion batteries for extremely demanding applications and AGM xEV batteries. These can withstand high shifting loads and suit a variety of requirements. They offer excellent charge acceptance and can withstand many charge cycles, allowing for higher battery utilization and longer life. Our low-voltage solutions enable enhanced Start/Stop functionalities that can increase fuel efficiency by up to 8%, as well as mild-hybrid powertrains that are 15% more fuel efficient than combustion engine vehicles.
The VARTA xEV range already covers 97 percent of all vehicles in the xEV class, with new variations being added regularly to satisfy market needs and innovations. Our 12-volt batteries complement high-voltage batteries well, assuring optimal vehicle performance, dependable electricity supply, and critical safety features for hybrid vehicles powered by battery and fuel cells.
The number of electric cars in the workshops is rapidly increasing. One reason is that the 12-volt batteries in the first-generation hybrid and battery electric vehicles require replacement. The fact that electric vehicles have entirely new service procedures presents extra hurdles for workshops.
Similarly, as earlier, 12-volt batteries will be a replaceable part for electric vehicles. These will also be changeable in independent workshops. The 12-volt battery is a vital component for the vehicle's safety. Because of the market's quick expansion and growth, conditions are always changing, and workshops must train to repair electric vehicles and select the appropriate battery.
As vehicle technology advances, we regularly change our training programs to ensure that the workshops are always up to date. For example, batteries in electric vehicles can be hidden in places difficult for a mechanic to locate. The VARTA Partner Portal now has all the relevant information on the battery's location and important tips for replacing it. The VARTA Partner Portal database includes practically all electric and hybrid vehicles with advanced AGM battery technology, accounting for 99.8 percent of the European fleet. @via Clarios.