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30-03-2021 | Automotive Manufacturing | News | Article

Unified Cell from Volkswagen to Cut Battery Costs in Half

Author:
Patrick Schäfer
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Volkswagen wants to build six gigafactories for battery cell production in Europe by 2030. From 2023, a new unified cell is also expected to drastically reduce battery costs and make e-vehicles more affordable. 

At its "Power Day," Volkswagen presented its technology roadmap for the coming years in the areas of battery and charging. "Together with partners, we want to commission a total of six cell factories in Europe by 2030, thus guaranteeing security of supply," explained Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management for the Technology Division at Volkswagen AG and Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components. The overall capacity is to be 240 GWh per year, with the first two factories being built in Skellefteå (Sweden) and Salzgitter (Germany).

Volkswagen’s perspective is to gradually reduce the cost of batteries in the entry-level segment by up to 50 % and in the volume segment by up to 30 %. This is to be made possible by the new standard cell, which is to be manufactured in Salzgitter and introduced in 2023. By 2030, it is to be installed in up to 80 % of all the Group’s electric vehicles across all brands. The prismatic unified cell is also supposed to facilitate the transition to solid-state cells.

VW wants to improve charging infrastructure

In addition, the fast-charging network is to be significantly expanded. VW and its partners are planning to operate around 18,000 public fast-charging points in Europe by 2025. This would correspond to a fivefold increase in the fast-charging network compared to the current level. With partner BP, around 8000 fast-charging points with 150 kW charging capacity are to be built at a total of 4000 BP and Aral service stations across Europe, including in the UK, Spain and Italy. Similar projects are planned for the USA and China. In addition, VW e-cars are to be integrated into other energy systems from 2022.

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