Volkswagen is now putting a research and development laboratory into operation for the planned production of its own battery cells in large numbers. Additional investments of 70 million euros will flow into the unit, which was built at the future Salzgitter cell site and will create a good 250 additional jobs. Technology and Components Board Member Thomas Schmall opened the laboratory on Monday. In the coming years, VW will set up an internal cell production facility in Salzgitter, which will serve various brands in the group and should reduce its dependence on manufacturers from Asia, for example.
There is already a pilot line at the previous engine plant, and from 2025 onwards, cheaper “unit cells” for volume models are to be built there on a large scale. The project is part of the expansion of the range of electric and hybrid vehicles, which Volkswagen intends to accelerate further. The laboratory center contains areas for researching and developing cell concepts, material testing and analysis, as well as quality assurance and testing of finished battery cells. By the end of 2022, around a quarter of the then more than 1,000 employees at the battery location should be employed in the laboratories. (dpa / os)
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