Volkswagen began producing batteries for electric vehicles

Volkswagen начал выпускать батареи для электромобилей

The company intends to invest more than a billion euros in the production of its own batteries.

German carmaker Volkswagen began production of its own batteries for electric cars. In the city Salzgitter in the Federal state of lower Saxony on Monday, September 23, was running a pilot plant capable of producing batteries in small batches.

The concern thereby hope to gain the necessary experience that will enable together with the Swedish partner company Northvolt to expand the mass production of batteries.

“His production of batteries and a centre of excellence in Salzgitter Volkswagen makes a decisive contribution to the development in Germany, the production of batteries,” – said the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of VW, Hans Dieter PECs.

In 2020, the company intends, together with its Swedish partner to start construction in Lower Saxony enterprise for the production of batteries with a total capacity of 16 gigawatt-hours. Its commissioning is expected in late 2023 – early 2024. By this time it is planned to create 1,000 jobs, 700 of which have recently founded a joint venture with the Swedish start-up company.

In addition, in the so-called Centre of excellence around 300 experts VW will develop and test technological procedures for the production of lithium-ion batteries. In 2020 also in Salzgitter has to be put into operation plant for recycling of waste batteries.

In total the company intends to invest more than a billion euros in batteries for electric vehicles, of which 900 million will be allocated to a joint venture with a Swedish partner.

In November 2019 to begin production of the first production electric car of the German automaker VW ID.3, followed by a new model. As expected, within 10 years the market can reach about 70 different cars, which requires a large number of batteries that concern while purchases from Asian suppliers. Management of the German auto giant is considering various options for the construction of plants to produce batteries in Germany.

Earlier in September, Volkswagen introduced the first “electric car mass” – ID.3. The basic version of the electric car with a mileage of up to 330 km on a single charge will cost “less than 30 thousand euros”.

It was also reported that Ford and Volkswagen formed an Alliance to mass production of electric vehicles. They will be created on a modular platform MEB German company.

Source: Russian service of Deutsche Welle

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