Volkswagen plans to build 6 battery cell plants in Europe and expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure globally.
Volkswagen is speeding up efforts to bypass Tesla and encourage the use of battery-powered cars.
The world’s second-largest car maker said Monday that it aims to reach six factories producing battery cells for electric cars in Europe by 2030, which it will build alone or with partners.
Fast and unprecedented turnaround
The “Volkswagen” group, the giant of the German car industry, intends to expand the infrastructure for charging electric cars worldwide, and to radically shift towards cars powered by batteries, and to encourage the use of electric cars.
According to Reuters, Herbert Deiss, Group CEO, said during a company event that was also attended by executives of BP, Enel and Iberdrola: “Our transformation will be rapid and unprecedented.”
He continued, “Electric transport has become a pivotal activity for us,” but “Volkswagen” did not disclose the cost of the plan.
The company was unenthusiastic about the switch to electricity until in 2015 it acknowledged cheating on diesel emissions tests in the United States and had to deal with a new Chinese system that sets quotas for electric cars. Volkswagen is currently undertaking one of the most ambitious programs in the sector.
It said that the total production capacity of the six European plants would reach 240 gigawatt hours annually.
She added that the first plant will enter service in 2023 and will be in partnership with Sweden’s Northvolt.
It will be followed by a factory in the German city of Saltzger in 2025, then factories in Spain, France and Portugal in 2026 and a site in Poland, Slovakia or the Czech Republic by 2027.
Two more plants will be established by 2030.
While Volkswagen’s financial plans already include the first two manufacturers, the group is in “in-depth discussions” about ways to integrate the following plants into its financial goals, according to Thomas Schmol, a member of the company’s board of directors.
He added that if Volkswagen needed to strengthen its presence in producing battery cells, the company would be able to afford the cost.
18 thousand fast charging points
The Volkswagen Group, in cooperation with energy companies, is also planning to create a European network for rapid charging of electric cars.
The group announced, on Monday, that it is expected to install about 18 thousand express shipping points by the year 2025, noting that this number is equivalent to about a third of the total expected demand from these points in the European continent in that period.
In Germany, Volkswagen intends to cooperate with the Aral gas station chain owned by the British British Petroleum Group (BP), and there are other energy companies that will cooperate with Volkswagen, namely the Spanish companies Iberdola and Italy’s Enel.
Volkswagen, in cooperation with BP, is seeking to install about 8,000 fast charging points.
The German company stated that express charging points with a shipping capacity of 150 kilowatts will be established in 4 thousand fuel stations belonging to “BP” and “Aral”, and a large part of these stations are in Germany and Britain.
“Super charging is the central opening for the doors to electric mobility,” said Thomas North, Director in Charge of Technology at Volkswagen.
In a related context, Emma Delaney, BP director, said: “Together, we can provide motorists in Europe with fast and reliable charging solutions to make it easier for them to switch to owning an electric car.”
The company “Aral” stated that it is possible for charging stations with a capacity of more than 150 kilowatts to charge a car equipped with suitable battery technology within 10 minutes for a range of about 160 kilometers, indicating that the charging will be almost at the same speed as refueling.