The Volkswagen Group must be electrically and climate-neutral – so it wants CEO Herbert this. And also Gernot DOllner, who has been 2021 chief strategist of Volkswagen AG since May 2021. He actively designed the change, for which Volkswagen want to provide a total of 89 billion euros. How to succeed and what is planned, we have researched.
With the first Way to Zero Convention, Volkswagen has concretized in mid-2021 plans for the decarbonization of the company and its products. By 2050 at the latest, the company wants to be climate-neutral. As a new intermediate goal, the CO2 emissions per vehicle in Europe should decrease by 40 percent by 2030 – and the Group-wide target of 30 percent clearly exceed (base: 2018). An average Volkswagen will emit around 17 tonnes of CO2 less. In addition to an accelerated start-up of e-mobility, the production including the supply chains as well as the operation of E-cars should be made at the balance sheet. Added to this is the consistent recycling of the high-voltage batteries of old E vehicles. Gernot DOllner, once head product and concept of Porsche AG, became 1. May 2021 Head of Group Strategy, Group Strategy Product and the General Secretariat of Volkswagen AG. In these functions he reports directly to Herbert this, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group. With the change to electromobility Gernot DOllner must work out plans with which drive will be on the road – but diesel or gasoline will not disappear from today on tomorrow ..
The consolidated and production site in Wolfsburg is transformed and further strengthened the Group’s competitiveness through higher investments in future technologies. For the first time, the future investments, primarily in e-mobility and digitization, account for 89 billion euros or 56 percent, the largest share of total investment of 159 billion euros. Volkswagen expects every fourth vehicle sold in 2026 has a battery electric drive.
That it goes slowly with the burner, is also irrevocable for Gernot DOllner. “The future of the car is electric for me,” he says talking to the Handelsblatt. And on: “Electric cars are attracted by any other drive type alone technologically in driveability and acceleration”. That the transition to electromobility will be accompanied for some time from the burner, is clear. However, how long it will give him, DOllner does not want to estimate. Ultimately, the type of power generation, the battery development and also the infrastructure play an important role and decide on the long-term position of the combustion engine. “The transformation should be based on the power mix,” he explains the Handelsblatt. Or otherwise, the more renewable forms of energy are used, the better.
21 billion invest: VW is committed to its roots
The chief strategist is already working on the product planning for the years 2025 to 2030, as the industry sheet reports. Here is the talk of second generation electric vehicles, which can be loaded faster. And also on the plug-in hybrid, in the sense of the transitional period, still further worn, as VW has recently announced. While Daimler AG has set the development of Phevs, VW continues. In the future, the partially electrified models should also receive a larger battery and load faster – for more purely electric drives. Gernot DOllner believes in the success of the electrostrategy, doubt it no longer for him. One reason: “This year, the EU has increased the specified electrical rates again,” says Handelsblatt.com. Means: By the year 2030, the automakers in Germany need an electrical component of about 80 percent in the fleet, otherwise sensitive punishments threaten. And this would like to avoid this, of course,. DOllner sees this tightening but left: “Europe hurries afterwards, which has submitted Volkswagen. This is a confirmation of our strategy.”
For the comprehensive electrification of the European locations, the Volkswagen Group wants to raise additional synergies and use economies of scale. At the Lower Saxon locations alone, the Group invests around 21 billion euros. The vast majority of this flows into production and component locations. Hannover is completely electrical in the medium term and thus a modernization of the location. With the first Artemis vehicle, the currently the most important future project in Hannover is located, the bodywork for a new Bentley model was also confirmed. In addition, with the ID. California adopted another vehicle derivative for the location. With the Moia shuttles and the ID. Buzz ad also forms the location the spearhead for autonomous driving in the Group.
For Wolfsburg the electrification of the location was confirmed with the project Trinity. In addition, in the face of high demand for e-cars, the equipment of the ID is.3 Planned for a completion of 2024, whose profitability should be ensured by a site package. Previous 2024 a partial production with supplement from Zwickau is provided. With this plan, the company wants to serve additional market volume, which Zwickau could not fulfill the long-term good utilization forecasts alone.
The German component works will continue their transformation initiated in 2015 for e-mobility. In the future, the Hanover location will also produce axes for MEB models next to hardware for charging infrastructure. In Braunschweig, Salzgitter and Kassel, the Group invests in the further expansion of the existing MEB manufacturing of battery system, rotor / stator and E-engine. In addition, the locations are already preparing for the production of essential components of the SSP platform. This makes Volkswagen the next step in its strategic development to the key supplier for E modules and E-platforms.
Company Foundation for Battery Treated Activities
The Salzgitter location will continue to be expanded to the European Battery Hub: The Group invests around 2 billion euros to produce battery cells for the Volumen Segment of Volafabrik from 2025 for the volume segment of the Volkswagen unit cell. In addition, development, planning and production control of battery activities in Salzgitter are bundled: For this purpose, the Supervisory Board has approved the establishment of a company of European law. This will bundle the battery-related activities of the Group and enable the participation of third parties in perspective. The new company will also be responsible for the strategic partnerships agreed this week with Umicore, 24m and Vulcan Energy. In addition, the Osnabruck location was agreed to examine a future production program and for Dresden a renewal concept.
The Lower Saxony Prime Minister and Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, Stephan Weil, said: “Investing 89 billion euros in the next five years in future technologies such as electromobility and digitization – this is a clear commitment. So the so-called “New Auto” strategy can be a great success. That 21 billion euros flow into the Lower Saxon locations in Wolfsburg, Hanover, Brunswick, Salzgitter, Osnabruck and Emden is once again a sign that the world group Volkswagen is confessed to his Lower Saxony roots. We look forward to this strong signal for securing around 130.000 jobs.”
In addition, the Group plans further investment in e-mobility in Germany and Europe: In Leipzig, two Porsche models are lifted the synergies of the electric PPE module for the premium area. To electrify the location Neckarsulm, the equipment of the Audi vehicle family E6 was decided in the successor generation. The already completely electrified plant in Brussels is available from 2026 the new Audi Q8 E-TRON. In addition, on the Iberian Peninsula is planned, from 2025 in the multi-brand Martorell compact electric vehicles and in the multi-label in Pamplona e-vehicles of the SUV class to build. The final decision depends on the general framework conditions and state funding.
DOllner and the entire VW Group therefore have a lot to do. If there is no new conflicts with your own works council this year, it could work with the implementation of the new strategy. We stay tuned!
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