Annual Report 2018

Highlights 2018



A mobile future on two wheels: MAHLE purchased ebikemotion, the Spanish specialist in pedelec drives, HMI, and connectivity. This acquisition strengthens the technology group’s activities in the area of electrically powered bicycles.


Electrical engineers

MAHLE opened its new research and development center for electronics in Valencia/Spain. In the future, around 250 electrical engineers, software developers, and IT experts will work here on the development of products and software solutions for vehicle electronics, including electric drive systems and auxiliary components, charge management systems, and heating and cooling systems. With this new research and development center, MAHLE is strengthening its competence in the area of power electronics and continuing on its path to become a holistic systems supplier in this field.



MAHLE increased its holding in Brain Bee, an Italian automotive workshop equipment specialist, to 80 percent, thus taking another important step toward becoming an integrated solutions provider.



MAHLE opened its first production line for electric compressors in the Hungarian town of Balassagyarmat. With this move, the technology group has built up ist systems competence in electric vehicles and consolidated its market position in this business segment. Series production starts in 2019.


Taking part in Formula E

MAHLE is now taking part in Formula E and an official partner and team sponsor of HWA RACELAB in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2018/2019, the world’s first series for purely electric race cars. Through its involvement, MAHLE is highlighting its performance capabilities in the e-mobility sector.


Testing and certification center

MAHLE opened a new WLTP- and RDE-capable testing and certification center (RDEC) in Northampton/UK – the first of its kind in Great Britain. MAHLE is thereby reducing the current bottlenecks in the application and certification of vehicles and providing its customers with targeted support in handling the immense challenges presented by the new approval standards.


Eco Rallye

MAHLE was an official sponsor of the fifth Eco Rallye: the official FIA World Rally Championship for electric vehicles and alternative energies. The company is thus actively promoting the sustainable use of vehicles and encouraging efficient driving styles. MAHLE entered two of its own teams into the competition, which took place in Castellón, Valencia/Spain in 2018.


Cruising range

The German Design Council presented MAHLE with the prestigious German Design Award in the Excellent Product Design –Conceptional Transportation category for its urban vehicle concept MEET, MAHLE Efficient Electric Transport. MEET features numerous technical highlights, including a demand-based 48 V powertrain and intelligent thermal management for the efficient control of heating and cooling. This holistic approach and other energy-saving measures increase the vehicle’s cruising range: MEET runs for around 200 kilometers without recharging.



MAHLE was delighted to receive more than 90 accolades, including Product Transformation Champion 2018 for innovative production logistics, which was awarded by corporate consulting company Roland Berger in conjunction with German trade magazine Automobil Production.