Volkswagen has started building its first battery cell plant in Salzgitter, Germany. Production of battery cells for cars should begin in 2025. Ultimately, the plant should have an annual capacity of 40 gigawatt-hours of batteries, enough for 500,000 cars.
The Battery cell factory is coming Under the new PowerCo business unit. The individual battery cells are manufactured in the factory and come in battery packs. These cells are based on Volkswagen Uniform prismaticCells, cells that can be synthesized on the basis of different chemical compositions. Eighty percent of all Volkswagen Group cars must use these cells. In addition to Volkswagen, the group also includes brands such as Audi, Seat, Škoda and Lamborghini.
For the factory, VW will only use energy from renewable sources and the car manufacturer wants the car to be able to recycle 90 percent of the battery materials. The company says it eventually wants to build six plants in Europe. Some are built with partners like Northvolt, while others are made by Volkswagen itself.
The first plant in Salzgitter is to accommodate 5,000 employees and provide a final annual capacity of 40 GWh. Volkswagen expects to be able to make cells with half a million 80 kWh batteries with this each year. By 2030, when the six plants are ready, there should be a total capacity of 240 GWh. The manufacturer is considering placing one of its battery factories in Valencia. With its partners, Volkswagen wants to invest more than 20 billion euros for battery plants.
PowerCo will not only be responsible for the six battery factories, but for the entire battery chain. Therefore, this company is also interested in collecting raw materials, recycling batteries and developing new batteries.
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