VW’s plans for this decade: 6 gigafactory in Europe, cheaper batteries, deployment of fast chargers and more
In the last hours, Volkswagen has announced its plans between now and 2030. The German group’s ambitious plans to mount a series of gigafactories across Europe, create better (and cheaper) batteries for electric cars or even deploy fast chargers at traditional gas stations.
During the VW Power Day the company presented its technological roadmap. A roadmap that will largely take advantage of what is being built with the brand’s own MEB platform. Chargers for this, better batteries or gigafactories where to produce it are some of the ideas.
250 GWh per year and changes in battery production
250 GWh is the production figure Volkswagen expects to handle for in about ten years. To get there they are going to build a total of six factories throughout Europe. The first one in Salzgitter, Germany and then another in Skellefteå, Sweden. Where the others will be is something that has not yet been made clear. However, there are options for one to land in Spain, although France and Portugal are the other two alternatives.
The batteries they are still one of the most expensive components of an electric car. In addition, manufacturers often have to deal with bottlenecks that have occurred in recent years, which further increases their price. A considerable part of the Power Day was devoted to how they hope to deal with this problem.
Volkswagen plans switch to a “unified cell” for your batteries. Something that they say will be relatively easy to transition thanks to the MEB platform. They expect it to go into production during 2023 and be a step before solid state cells.
This change will see a positive impact on the cost of the cheapest cars of the brand, as announced. They expect to reduce the cost of batteries for the low end segment by up to 50% and up to 30% in the volume segment. On average, the price could be below 100 euros for a battery.
A picture of the unified cell. pic.twitter.com/OusTHdgwB8
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On the other hand, Volkswagen has announced that they are investing more to install fast chargers in Europe, North America and China. In Europe, for example, they have partnered with BP to install around 8,000 fast chargers at BP gas stations. Maybe at some point we will also see their robot-chargers.
Finally, highlight the announcement that they plan enable bi-directional upload. This means being able to use SEM car models to provide power to a house in emergency situations for example. Cars could thus be used as temporary energy storage in periods of excess and then supply that energy back. This will come from 2022 to cars with the MEB platform.