Volkswagen AG, the second largest automaker in the world and the biggest in Europe, hints it could move to produce and use a unified lithium ion battery cell design to be produced for all of its green vehicles.
Heinz-Jakob Neusser, VW’s board member that oversees development, comments the group would switch to the single design philosophy as a way of dropping related expenses by 66 percent – they could follow a single overall design and then just package the needed modules to ensure it would fit the needs of each electrified model. “We have a clear understanding in the group of a common cell,” commented Neusser. “That means each member of the group, each brand, uses the same cell. Otherwise, we cannot get the synergies out of this development.” Volkswagen has a plethora of lithium ion batteries today in usage – Panasonic produces the ones used in the e-Golf, Golf GTE plug-in hybrid and Audi A3 e-tron and Samsung is the partner for the incoming Passat GTE and other electric models from Audi. The need for plug-in hybrid models and battery-only electric cars is ever more stringent – as the automakers around the world need to comply with tougher fuel economy and emissions standards.
As far as VW is concerned, they said the single design would lift the utilization percentage at the firm’s battery module assembly factory in Braunschweig, Germany and even multiple sources are targeted as providers for the design architecture, though the executive declined to provide a timeframe for the new strategy.
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