VW may produce next-gen solid-state battery cells for its EVs
German automaker Volkswagen (VW) is apparently mulling the option of producing its own battery cells -- possibly the next generation of solid-state battery cells -- for its electric vehicles (EVs).
An indication of its plans for battery-cell production was apparently been given by Volkswagen a few weeks back, when the automaker made an investment in a startup which develops solid-state battery technology. Solid-state batteries are believed to be comparatively much safer than the commonly-used li-ion cells for EVs, and may also potentially have a higher energy density.
Volkswagen is evidently mulling the production of battery cells for its EVs because all Volkswagen’s brands -- including Volkswagen Audi and Porsche, among others -- are targeting a combined production goal of 3 million units of EVs every year by 2025.
Despite the fact that Volkswagen has issued $48 billion worth of battery supply contracts with existing battery manufacturers, Herbert Diess -- CEO of Volkswagen -- recently said during the release of the company’s financial result for the 2018 second quarter that he does not want Volkswagen to rely completely on battery manufacturers.
Asserting that Volkswagen may move towards the production of solid-state batteries for its EVs by 2025, Diess said: “We must not make ourselves dependent on a few Asian manufacturers in the long term.”
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Japanese automaker Nissan has announced the launch of a new program under which old battery packs of Nissan LEAF electric vehicles will be replaced with ‘refabricated’ battery packs.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has recently confirmed that a new Autopilot interface will be released by the automaker as part of the upcoming Version 9 of the over-the-air software update which is scheduled for a rollout this summer.
Tesla Motors is already promoting its Semi electric truck to corporate clients.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said in a recent statement that the US-based electric vehicle manufacturer is considering the possibility of opening a new Gigafactory in Germany.
Electric vehicle sales increased by 31 percent across the United States for the data compiled till August 2017. As per InsideEVs report, 120,500 plug-in vehicles have been sold in the U.S.