Volkswagen launches battery production pilot line

September 23, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volkswagen launches battery production pilot line
As part of its entry into the production of battery electric vehicles, Volkswagen intends to set up a battery production. To this end, the vehicle manufacturer has now opened a pilot plant for battery cell manufacturing line for small series.

Around 300 experts are developing, testing and piloting innovative manufacturing processes for the production of lithium-ion batteries at Volkswagen’s Center of Excellence in Salzgitter near the Volkswagen main factory in Wolfsburg. As a first step, the carmaker is investing more than 100 million euros in its own development and manufacturing expertise.

In addition, Volkswagen is investing around 900 million euros in joint battery activities with the Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt. From 2020, a 16 gigawatt hour battery cell factory is to be built in Salzgitter. Production is scheduled to start at the turn of the year 2023/2024. Volkswagen recently established a 50/50 joint venture with Northvolt for this purpose. In the medium term, 700 jobs are to be created in this independent company.

"The combination of development, testing and pilot production of the battery cell in Salzgitter represents a further milestone in the Volkswagen Group's comprehensive E-Offensive," says Dr. Stefan Sommer, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Procurement at Volkswagen. "By bundling our competencies at this location, we are ensuring that we can drive forward the further development of battery cells as a key component of electrification ourselves, develop new standards and quickly transfer them to series production.

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