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Auto Shows Battery Laboratory for E-Cars starts at VW in Salzgitter

19:20  13 september  2021
19:20  13 september  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Volkswagen has commissioned a research and development center for its planned large series production of corporate battery cells.

VW-Mitarbeiter arbeiten in dem neuen Batterie-Labor für Elektroautos in Salzgitter. © Kai-Uwe Knoth / Volkswagen AG VW employees work in the new battery laboratory for electric cars in Salzgitter.

into the unit, which was built at the future cell location Salzgitter and creates a good 250 more jobs, the carmaker invests 70 million euros. Technology and Component Board Thomas Schmall opened the laboratory.

in Salzgitter, VW gradually erased internal cell production in the coming years, which should operate various brands of the group and reduce the dependence on manufacturers from Asia. A pilot line for test and small series is already available on the site of the previous internal combustion engines factory. From 2025 to large scale, more favorable "unit cells" for volume models should be built there. The project belongs to the extension of the range of electrical and hybrid vehicles that VW wants to accelerate.

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Six battery factories in Europe

Recently announced the largest European car concerts announced on his home continent to build six own battery cell factories. In addition to Salzgitter, Skellefteå is already set in northern Sweden - a third location in Spain has the estimation of Schmall's good chances, but is not yet final decided on how the manager of the German Press Agency said. Details are expected at the latest to the planning round in November. The VW works council also consists of another German cell works. According to industry circles, Saxony or Lower Saxony should be in the race.

to the end of 2022, around a quarter of the then over 1000 employees at the battery location Salzgitter be used in the laboratory. Currently, more than 160 of 500 employees of a "Center of Excellence" work in cell development. In the medium term, the number of employees should increase. For the entire electrical energy of the produced cells, up to 40 gigawatt hours per year are pilated in the factory.

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large plans in Salzgitter

VW cooperates in the further development of battery technology with partners such as Northvolt from Sweden, Gotion from China or the Californian company QuantumScape. Schmall said the new laboratory in Salzgitter will be in the battery research «core of our global aspirations» and a kind of "blueprint" for the entanglement of development and production. In the US and in the People's Republic, local battery centers would also afford their own contributions: "There will be a division of tasks." Salzgitter combine a central role.

This applies to the optimization of cell concepts as well as for the intended recycling processes. The Lower Saxony Laboratory Center contains areas for development, material testing and analysis as well as quality assurance and tests of finished battery cells. But the recycling of materials is also a topic. "We want to make everything from a single source from the raw material to the production to recycling," reiterated narrow. Even with lithium-ion batteries, there are also ways to improve raw material efficiency and recipes of cell materials.

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Several industrial and energy products have last become scarce and more expensive. VW is currently sufficiently supplied with cell and battery resources. "We have concluded long-term contracts with the suppliers and assume that they have also secured their own care," so narrow. In the medium term, however, the industry has to worry about more efficient procurement if there should be up to 30 cell works in Europe alone.

Other automakers also build their own factories to determine the pace and "scaling" in the direction of larger quantities in key technology. For example, at the beginning of September, Federal Minister of Economic Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) and the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) handed over the conveying notice for the cell production of the Stellantis subsidiary planned in Kaiserslautern juice with the French Total daughter juice. Daimler announced recently to build eight "giga factories" worldwide for e-auto battery cells.

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