The BMW Group is launching production of battery components at its plants in Leipzig and Regensburg and expanding its e-drive production network. It has been less than a year since the decision was made to expand production capacity for e-drives in Germany. BMW Group Plant Leipzig will launch series production of battery modules on Monday, 3 May 2021, while BMW Group Plant Regensburg began coating battery cells for high-voltage batteries in April 2021. High-voltage batteries will also be produced in Regensburg from 2022.
The new Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo with 17.9 kWh battery and up to 54 km E-range
With the new Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, Porsche presents another performance-oriented plug-in hybrid model. The intelligent interplay of the 100 kW (136 hp) electric motor integrated into the eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and the 2.9-liter V6 biturbo unit with 324 kW (440 hp) results in a system output of 412 kW and a maximum system torque of 750 Nm. The driving performance is correspondingly impressive: In combination with the standard Sport Chrono package, the sprint from zero to 100 km/h is achieved in 3.7 seconds. The top speed is reached at 298 km/h. The gross capacity of the battery has been increased from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh compared with previous hybrid models by means of optimized cells, and the driving modes have been optimized with a view to even more effective energy use. The Panamera 4S E-Hybrid has a purely electric range according to WLTP EAER City of up to 54 km (NEDC: up to 64 km)."
Development laboratories at Volkswagen in Salzgitter - Next Generation battery cells - Cell Development Lab
Volkswagen Group Components has opened one of the most modern laboratories for cell research and development in Europe in Salzgitter, Germany. Thus, the global Volkswagen Group is further expanding its expertise in battery technology and taking the next step towards developing and producing its own battery cells for electric vehicles. From 2025 onwards, the Volkswagen unified cell is scheduled to roll off the production line in Salzgitter. In the future, around 250 experts will conduct research in the areas of cell development, analytics and testing in a total of four laboratories. The Group is investing some 70 million euros in the facilities. The new unified cell for the volume segment is scheduled to roll off the production line at the Gigafactory in Salzgitter from 2025. By 2030, the Volkswagen Group plans to operate six cell factories in Europe together with partners with a production capacity of 240 GWh. Prospectively, cells with an annual capacity of 40 GWh could be produced in Salzgitter. The new unified cell is expected to unlock synergies and reduce battery costs by up to 50 percent.
The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing achieve an artful balance between form and function. Descended from the brand’s racing-derived V-Series legacy, the design elements of the new V-Series Blackwing sedans support and complement their track-capable performance, while advancing the V-Series’ motorsports-inspired heritage of styling and enhanced refinement. On the exteriors, wind-tunnel testing and extensive racetrack validation refined the designs to optimize the balance of form and function. On the inside, every unique V-Series Blackwing element, from the available carbon fiber-accented seats to track-specific layouts for the driver information center, was developed for its contribution to driver control.