Automatically produce the batteries for electric cars it represents an important turning point for all car manufacturers. In this sense, Volkswagen has made very important strides, which aims to become one of the top three battery cell manufacturers in the world. Precisely for this reason, the German carmaker has expanded its partnership with the Chinese battery manufacturer Gotion High-Tech to build a new hub dedicated to battery cells at the Salzgitter plant in Germany.
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The new hub will be built on the site where Volkswagen assembles combustion engines, and will include cell laboratories, a pilot production line and a pilot plant for battery recycling. In all of this, Gotion High-Tech will act as a technology partner, providing Volkswagen with the layout of the factory, machinery and production process. As reported by Autonews, cell manufacturing operations at the new site will start in 2025. “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Gotion High-Tech, an established company in the high-end battery industry, and want to drive cell technology development together – commented Herbert Diess, recently renewed Volkswagen CEO – This is just one of the many steps we intend to take towards our goal of becoming, together with our partners, one of the top three manufacturers of battery cells around the world ”.
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The agreement also provides that the two companies will work on the development of new technologies that will be applied in the new ones unified cell batteries, which will be used to power most of the vehicles that Volkswagen produces globally: their debut in Europe should take place in 2023. We recall that in 2020 Volkswagen signed an agreement with Gotion to become the main shareholder of the company, with a 26% stake, through a buy-in of about 1.1 billion euros: thanks to this operation, Volkswagen has become the first car manufacturer global to invest directly in a Chinese battery supplier.