Volkswagen will invest €1 billion in its 16 GWh battery factory in Salzgitter

23 September 2019, 05:34:44

Volkswagen will invest €1 billion in its 16 GWh battery factory in SalzgitterVolkswagen has just announced that it will start battery cell development and production in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony. In the course of the next 4-5 years, the total investment in this center will reach €1 billion and over 1,000 jobs are to be created for testing and producing battery cells - 300 at Volkswagen's development center and pilot line, 700 in a joint venture between Northvolt and Volkswagen to build and operate a battery cell factory. Today the company has opened a pilot line for small-series battery cell production at the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Salzgitter. The first step is to invest over €100 million in gathering battery development and production know-how. The other €900 million will be invested in joint battery activities with the Swedish battery producer Northvolt. Construction of a 16 GWh battery cell factory in Salzgitter is to start in 2020. It is planned to commence production in late 2023/early 2024. A battery recycling pilot line is also under construction in Salzgitter and is slated to begin operating in 2020.

Dr. Stefan Sommer, Member of the Volkswagen AG Board of Management responsible for Procurement, commented: "Bringing together the development, testing and pilot production of battery cells in Salzgitter marks a further milestone in the Volkswagen Group's comprehensive electric offensive. By pooling know-how at this site, we are making sure we drive forward our own activities to further advance the development of battery cells as a key component in electrification, develop new standards and swiftly transition them to series production."

Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of Group Components, said: "We already develop and manufacture power electronics, battery systems, electric motors and charging systems, and are building up battery recycling know-how. With the integration of the battery cell business area, Volkswagen Group Components is on track to becoming a globally leading producer of e-mobility components."

Frank Blome, Head of the Center of Excellence for Battery Cells in Salzgitter, commented: "Today's commissioning of the pilot line is an important step on the road to building a gigafactory at the Salzgitter site. We will further deepen our knowledge of production processes within a short space of time. That is important in order to shape future developments and thus secure performance and costs as well as quality. The experience gained will also contribute to mastering the entire value chain for lithium-ion batteries - from raw materials through production to recycling." Source

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