The components business manages some 75 thousand people worldwide. The focus of their expertise is the development and manufacture of vehicle components. In order to realign these competencies in a future-oriented way, it was decided as part of the Group strategy to combine components activities around the world into an independent entity, Volkswagen Group Components, under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG.
The entity has been re-organized into new business areas: Engine & Foundry, Gearbox & Electric Drive, Battery Cell & Battery System, Charge & Energy, Chassis and Seats. In each of the business areas, innovative power and competitiveness will be increased through an economical product portfolio that is viable for the future with a continuously optimized product range and economies of scale exploited across all business areas.
Group Components in the Volkswagen Group will be responsible for the development and production of battery systems and electric drives for new electric vehicles as well as for the development and pilot production of battery cells and the management of production partners. There are also plans to reuse the battery cells in innovative reutilization concepts such as the flexible fast charging station and then recycle them in a climate-friendly manner. Moreover, further strategic initiatives will be implemented in Group Components’ central strategy program “ONE MISSION 2025”. Using innovative digitalization strategies such as robot-controlled process optimization, the transition process to new topics of future relevance will be accelerated.
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Innovations in e-mobility
All issues to do with development and innovation are managed by our own Development Division. The focus for e-mobility includes various solutions for the expansion of the charging infrastructure. The flexible charging station, the charging robot or the DC wallbox are the innovations in e-mobility of today, tomorrow and beyond.
The e-Beetle shows that e-mobility can also be embodied by an iconic brand in a very emotive way. Volkswagen Group Components, together with its partner eClassics, enables the conversion of classic cars using standard electric drive components. This means that a classic Beetle, for example, can be turned into a locally emissions-free vehicle with a modern powertrain.