Volkswagen you have already put the first gear in your plan make your own batteries for electric cars has already opened a new battery laboratory in Salzgitter, Germany.
The research and development of battery cells will take place here, with the aim of having them ready for mass production in four years.
Objective: that the electric car is a car for the masses
Described as “one of the most modern laboratories for battery cell research and development in Europe”, the center located in Salzgitter will cover everything from development and production to recycling, a key part of the production cycle.
In this place, material tests, battery charge and discharge tests, resistance tests in special chambers, quality control and serial monitoring of battery cells are carried out throughout the Group.
Testing also includes laboratory and serial cells of all power classes and formats being electrically measured to determine performance, aging phenomena, and service life.
The plan is for cells with an annual capacity of 40 GWh to be manufactured at this site in the future.
Volkswagen’s new unified cell is scheduled to roll off the production line at the factory in Salzgitter from 2025. By 2030, the consortium plans to operate six cell factories in Europe together with partners with a production capacity of 240 GWh.
The new unified cell is expected to unlock synergies and reduce battery costs by up to 50% to achieve the holy grail of electromobility: that the electric vehicle is like the Beetle: a car for the people, for the masses.
Thus, the German consortium believes that it will be able to reach the 100 euros per kWh, the barrier that the industry has been pursuing for a long time. To get an idea of the advance, in 2010 the price of the kWh was 1,100 dollars.
“If there is one place where you can look at what is meant by ‘transformation of the automotive industry’ today, it is Salzgitter. For decades, the Volkswagen plant has supplied engines to millions of vehicles. With increased electrification, now there is a constant step-by-step conversion towards cell production
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