Battery production with Gotion High-Tech at Salzgitter
According to its press release, Volkswagen Group and Gotion High-Tech Co., Ltd. deepen their partnership.
Based on a shareholding agreement in May 2020, Volkswagen entered a strategic cooperation framework with the major Chinese battery producer. One goal of both partners is to industrialize the planned battery cell production at the Salzgitter site of Volkswagen Group. Another is to develop first use cases of the Volkswagen unified cell concept for the volume segment.
Both projects are part of the overarching plan of Volkswagen Group, which are outlined at the Power Day in March. As a result, Volkswagen aims to significantly reduce battery complexity and costs while boosting range and charging performance. Thus, the company believes that the electric car will be more attractive and affordable.
Gotion High-Tech will be in charge of the cell factory layout, machinery, and production processes. In addition, Gotion High-Tech will develop the first generation of unified cells for the volume segment. Furthermore, the new activities will not affect ongoing contracts with other battery suppliers.
One of Six gigafactories
The agreement means that the Salzgitter traditional engine plant is consequently transforming. At the same time, a new battery production cell hub will be built up in partnership with Gotion High-Tech. At the site, there are a Group-wide Center of Excellence Battery Cell with extensive cell laboratories, a pilot line for cell production, and a pilot plant for battery recycling. Also, construction will start immediately to produce batteries in 2025.
Volkswagen Group will establish six gigafactories with a total production capacity of 240 GWh in Europe alone. This bold decision aims to secure battery cell supply and achieve large economies of scale while implementing production innovations.
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