Tesla is warned. If their “Battery Day” last year featured new “revolutionary” cells, Volkswagen responds today by unveiling their roadmap for electric vehicle batteries for the coming decade.
We told you about it Last week , Volkswagen’s “Power Day” announced news related to electric mobility that was not a car. While it seemed clear that today’s conference was going to revolve around the batteries, the details were not known. It’s now done, and here’s the rundown of what was on the menu.
By the end of the current decade, Volkswagen has a roadmap to significantly reduce the complexity and cost of electric vehicle batteries, with the goal of providing an attractive car for as many people as possible. . At the same time, the German manufacturer aims to secure the supply of its batteries after 2025. In Europe alone, six “gigafactories” are planned, allowing annual production of around 240 GWh. In addition, the expansion of fast charging networks are on the program.
Volkswagen will drastically increase cell production in Europe
The group is no longer hiding it and has said it again today: “ e-mobility has become our core business “, recalled the CEO of Volkswagen, Herbert Diess . The demand for future batteries for the European market will be such that Volkswagen has already established a plan to build 6 cell manufacturing plants on the old continent.
Cell production is scheduled to start in 2023, with an annual capacity of around 40 GWh per plant, which would make a total of 240 GWh produced on European soil. A new “unified” cell echoing Tesla’s 4680 format is in development and will be produced by these new factories.
New unified cells: reduced costs from 2023
Volkswagen is not here to be a part of the electric car business. To ensure a prominent place in the market, their new unified airframe design promises a lot:
We aim to reduce the cost and complexity of the battery, and at the same time increase the range and performance
Thomas Schmall, member of the management of the Volkswagen Group
The new unified cell will equip around 80% of the group’s electric vehicles by 2030, and will begin to be used from 2023. Volkswagen’s goal is to reduce battery costs by 50% for entry vehicles range, bringing the price per kWh of battery below 100 euros. Knowing that these are the most expensive electric cars today, we can dream of affordable vehicles, with more than adequate autonomy and performance.
A charging network that will grow
The target for 2025 is to have 18,000 fast charging points in Europe for Volkswagen. Compared to what is available today, this amounts to a 5-fold increase in the number of locations. Of course, the German group is based this expansion in part on IONITY , which will accelerate the implementation, but not only.
Around 8,000 charging points will be deployed in cooperation with the giant BP, which will install 150 kW terminals in 4,000 of its service stations in Germany and England. Increases in the density of fast charging stations are also planned in Spain and Italy, in order to cover the majority of motorways and urban areas on the continent. Volkswagen has indicated that it will invest 400 million euros in this program by 2025.
The electric car, just a link in the chain
The electric car is intended to be integrated into a system bringing together private, public and commercial energy systems in the future for the German group. This will make it possible to produce green electricity using solar panels, for example, then store this energy in private vehicles and possibly redistribute it on the grid at the appropriate time.
What is commonly called “Vehicle to Grid – V2G” is therefore on the Volkswagen program, with cars based on the current MEB platform that will be able to take advantage of this technology from 2022. The message is clear: the The future of electric mobility will not happen without Volkswagen, which intends to retain a dominant position in the automotive market.