FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group’s new battery cell vegetation and securing important uncooked supplies will value as a lot as 30 billion euros ($34 billion), board member Thomas Schmall mentioned, placing a price ticket on the enlargement for the primary time.
VW will search exterior companions to assist fund the automaker’s push to open six giant battery cell vegetation in Europe by the top of the last decade, Schmall, who’s in command of know-how at VW, mentioned in an interview on the Reuters Subsequent convention.
The battery cell push is a strategic pillar within the firm’s bid to develop into the world’s prime EV vendor.
“We’re speaking about 25 to 30 billion (euros) … together with the vertical chain of uncooked supplies, not solely the factories,” Schmall mentioned.
VW wouldn’t should take the lead on funding and was not aiming for a 50/50 funding break up, he mentioned. “It depends upon the partnership mannequin we are going to set up within the subsequent months. We’re open to debate it. For us it’s a necessity that we are able to management … the know-how roadmap, the timing, the prices and the supply to allow our rollout.”
Sweden’s Northvolt will begin manufacturing premium cells for VW in 2023. The second plant, to be constructed collectively with China’s Gotion Excessive-Tech in Salzgitter, Germany will begin in 2025.
4 extra vegetation will comply with by the top of the last decade, most certainly in Spain, japanese Europe and two further areas which have thus far not been disclosed.
Prices might be 1 billion euros to 2 billion euros per plant whereas capability will vary from 40 as much as a most of 80 gigawatt hours (GWh), relying on the chemistry in addition to whether or not sufficient power provides can be found, Schmall mentioned.
“We’ve some pure limits within the availability of utilities, power, water,” he mentioned.
However manufacturing capability is just one a part of the equation, Schmall mentioned, including that VW additionally had to verify it will get sufficient uncooked supplies, similar to lithium and nickel.