Development laboratories at Volkswagen in Salzgitter - Next Generation battery cells - Robustness and Safety 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.