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Power Day: Volkswagen presents technology roadmap for batteries and charging up to 2030

Power Day: Volkswagen presents technology roadmap for batteries and charging up to 2030

March 2021

  • Unified cell and synergies reduce battery costs by up to 50 percent
  • Six gigafactories with a total production capacity of 240 GWh secure battery supply in partnership model
  • “Northvolt Ett” in Skellefteå (Sweden) to be expanded up to 40 GWh
  • Salzgitter planned as second gigafactory with a production capacity of up to 40 GWh
  • Integration of the value chain: collaboration with suppliers to be intensified to recycle up to 95 percent of raw materials
  • 18,000 fast-charging points: European network to be expanded five-fold with partners
  • Energy eco system: energy management to become a new business sector
  • Staggered investments with partners are being sought to maintain strategic financial targets
  • “We aim to reduce the cost and complexity of the battery and at the same time increase its range and performance”, says Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board Member for Technology. “This will finally make e-mobility affordable and the dominant drive technology.”

Wolfsburg, March 15, 2021 – The Volkswagen Group presented its technology roadmap for batteries and charging up to 2030 today on its first Power Day. The goal of the roadmap is to significantly reduce the complexity and cost of the battery in order to make the electric car attractive and viable for as many people as possible. At the same time, the Group is aiming to secure the supply of battery cells beyond 2025. In Europe alone, six gigafactories with a total production capacity of 240 GWh are to be established by the end of the decade. Volkswagen is also vigorously pursuing expansion of the public fast-charging network globally. With this in mind, cooperations have been agreed in Europe with the energy companies BP (Great Britain), Iberdrola (Spain) and Enel (Italy).

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“E-mobility has become core business for us. We are now systematically integrating additional stages in the value chain. We secure a long-term pole position in the race for the best battery and best customer experience in the age of zero emission mobility”, says Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Group. Cross-brand responsibility for this technology roadmap will lie with Volkswagen Group Components led by Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group for Technology, and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components.

Volkswagen is targeting a substantial increase in cell production in Europe

The Group is pushing ahead at full speed with the development of production capacities in Europe in order to meet the increasing demand for battery cells. “Together with partners, we want to have a total of six cell factories up and running in Europe by 2030 thus guaranteeing security of supply”, explains Thomas Schmall. The new factories are expected to produce cells with a total energy value of 240 GWh per year by the time they are finally completed. Volkswagen is therefore actively contributing to meet the targets of the European Union’s Green Deal. The first two factories will operate in the Swedish city of Skellefteå and in Salzgitter. In response to increased demand, Volkswagen has decided to refocus the previous plan in relation to cell production and concentrate production of its premium cells in the Swedish gigafactory “Northvolt Ett” in Skellefteå in collaboration with Northvolt. The production of these cells is set to commence in 2023 and will be expanded gradually to an annual capacity of up to 40 GWh.

The gigafactory currently operated by Volkswagen in Salzgitter will produce the unified cell for the high- volume segment from 2025 and develop innovations in process, design and chemistry. Production capacity of up to 40 GWh per year is also planned for Salzgitter. This refocusing will deliver enhanced economies of scale and reduce the comple