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Volkswagen in German alliance to develop lithium-ion batteries

Volkswagen is among the founding members of an alliance of German industries which have joined forces to develop high-performance vehicle batteries. The project was presented during the Innovation Congress in Berlin with the theme “One Year of High-Tech Strategy – New Perspectives for Germany” which was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

The alliance for innovation among the companies BASF, Bosch, Evonik Degussa, Li-Tec, STEAG Saar Energie and Volkswagen took the opportunity to suggest a common start on a lithium-ion initiative to the Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan. The goal is to substantially increase the energy and performance density of the batteries and to accelerate the possible use in production.

Dr. Juergen Leohold, Head of Group Research at Volkswagen AG said, “In the future, there will be parallel use of various automotive drive systems, all the way to purely electric drive. A high-performance lithium-ion battery as the energy carrier will be a key technology. Therefore, it is sensible and necessary to combine the potentials for the research and development of this battery in an alliance for innovation. This way, synergies can be exploited and the development accelerated. For Volkswagen, this initiative is an important step on the way to zero-emission operation of vehicles.”

Around 360 million euros will be invested in this project by the participating industrial partners in the coming years. It is planned that the Federal Ministry for Education and Research will support the initiative with an additional 60 million euros.