Slovakia more involved in e-cars and battery production

But the question is how the change will affect employees in the automotive sector.

Carmakers in Slovakia also produce electric battery and hybrid car models.Carmakers in Slovakia also produce electric battery and hybrid car models. (Source: TASR)

In late July 2019, the media headlines spread the news that the Slovak InoBat company will join forces with its US-based technological partner Wildcat Discovery Technologies to construct a new battery production line with the price tag estimated at €100 million. They were later joined by Matador, the premium Slovak supplier of the automotive industry.

This project should be welcomed in Slovakia, especially since InoBat required to have related R&D carried out in the country, according to Martin Jesný, industrial analyst at Revue Priemyslu magazine.

“This is exactly the kind of project that draws investments into Slovakia and makes use of the knowledge and expertise of existing companies,” Jesný told The Slovak Spectator.

Meanwhile, carmakers in Slovakia are becoming more involved in the production of electric and hybrid vehicles, introducing new models that are rolling off of the production lines.

Related articleTaking the road towards e-mobilityRead more 

Some warn, however, that the detriment of diesel and petrol cars might lower the need of workers in the sector.

Investment-supporting environment needed

The cooperation of InoBat, Wildcat Discovery Technologies and Matador alongside research institutions envisages the unique combination of an R&D centre and a production line that allows for the continuous development of proprietary batteries in close cooperation with electric vehicle manufacturers.
The construction of a 100 MWh production line is expected to begin in the first half of 2020, with the first batteries ready for distribution towards the end of 2021.

“Together with Matador and Wildcat, InoBat Auto will not only provide much-needed battery independence for the European market, but will also contribute to the transformation of the Slovak economy from manufacturing to knowledge-based,” said Marián Boček, InoBat’s co-founder and executive chairman, as cited in a press release.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

No single list of foreigners who are entitled to vote in Slovakia exists.

It is a simple question. How many foreigners vote in Slovakia?

The million-dollar question the state and towns can hardly answer.


24. sep
Reconstruction work on the Monument of Liberation and Victory, unveiled in 1955 in the Dargov mountain pass, which commemorates the liberation of eastern Slovakia from Nazism.

Police have finally found a very old book, arresting alchemy buffs

Set out on a Malá Fatra hike, avoid the Bratislava cable car from Monday.


24. sep
Not all stretches of the long-awaited D4/R7 bypass of Bratislava will open as originally planned.

Problems with Bratislava bypass opening continue

Not all of its stretches will be put into operation on Sunday as officially planned.


24. sep
Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo speaks to foreigners at [fjúžn] festival's "Ask the Mayor" event.

Foreigner’s community has a big voice, but it needs to be more organised

Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo addressed the questions and concerns of foreigners in Bratislava during a special Q&A.


23. sep
Skryť Close ad