VW relies on the battery – but not alone!

VW relies on the battery - but not alone!-battery

In Europe alone, the VW Group together with partners wants to build six Giga factories with a production capacity of a total of 240 GWh. In Sweden, VW works closely with Northvolt. When selecting further locations, the Group sets itself on Spain. And yet you do not want to put yourself alone on the battery. This gave Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Executive Board VW Group Components, to understand the Frankfurter General Sunday newspaper.

Thus, however, the VW Group does not open about hydrogen-powered cars, but only shows that you would also be ready to keep a minority stake in the battery size that could sometime be brought to the stock market. “If the sales of electric vehicles grows so as we expect, it would be useful to get external investors on board. But we want to stay at the wheel. You do not necessarily need the majority.”So Thomas Schmall on.

Schmall derives the plan of Volkswagen to build up to 2030 six large battery cell factories throughout Europe, an important part of the car manufacturer’s efforts to overtake Tesla as the world’s largest seller of electric vehicles. The company has previously declared that it would realize this with external partners and financial resources would expand its own battery division. In the long term, one could even imagine the market companions with battery cells to supply. One thing is certain, however, “We want to set a standard for our industry,” says Schmall.

The first two factories arise together with Northvolt in Swedish Skellefteå and Salzgitter. Due to the higher demand, Volkswagen decided to re-establish the planned cell production so far. The production of Volkswagen cells is concentrated in collaboration with Northvolt in the Swedish GigaFabrik “Northvolt ETT” in Skellefteå. The production of these cells should start 2023 and gradually expanded to up to 40 GWh annual capacity.

In addition to the planned in-house production, above all, the new unit cell should bring significant cost advantages. It will be introduced from 2023 and in 2030 trademark in up to 80 percent of all electric vehicles of the Group are installed. These could also be the addressed cell with which one wants to put a standard to sell them to the competition.

Lastly, Bosch and VW announced that the cost and technology leadership in the industrialization of battery technology and series production seeking sustainable, state-of-the-art batteries. The planned “local for local” production approach is an important step on the way to CO2-neutral mobility.

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2 thoughts on “VW relies on the battery – but not alone!”

  1. So if you’re “starting” with the production of cells next year and then “will” gradually increase “to arrive at 240gwh in 2030, then I do not see that with the” Tesla overtake “yet not so immediately threatening – I already thought I have to think so Sell my Tesla shares in the next few years &# 128521;

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  2. In Europe alone, the VW Group together with partners wants to build six Giga factories with a production capacity of a total of 240 GWh.

    240 GWh = 240.000 MWh = 240.000.000 kWh – this would be 3 million annually. Battery packs with 80 kWh each.

    According to the source of the EU, according to the source from January to December 2021, about 9.7 million vehicles were released, a year before, there were about 9.9 million car new registrations.

    (Source: DE.statista.COM)

    About 3 million cars are admitted alone in Germany per year and if that should be the current E cars, then the 240 GWh would range just for Germany. For all of Europe it would be a bit short, especially if E-SUVs with large batteries should continue to be sold.

    240 GWh (240.000.000 kWh) divided by 10 million. E-cars would be 24 kWh as a battery pack per e-car.

    Myself, I’m rather for small electric cars with smaller batteries – there would be 240 GWh.

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