Battery and rapid charging – key to success
By 2040, virtually 100 percent of Volkswagen vehicles in all of the world’s core markets will be climate neutral. Key to achieving this are the internal battery supply and a comprehensive infrastructure, which allows rapid and simple charging. However, energy services are also success factors and generate additional sources of income in the new mobility world.
The biggest cost in electric cars is the battery. Internal battery production, including repair and recycling, significantly reduces these costs. This is where the new “unified cell” plays a central role. From 2023, one cell – rather than several different ones – will be used in the majority of the Group’s models. High economies of scale also reduce costs.
In order to accelerate the market success of e-mobility, Volkswagen is expanding its extensive charging infrastructure with strong partners and establishing a complete energy ecosystem, with the car at its heart. The car itself will become a mobile, intelligent power bank. Whether an electric car is climate neutral depends 100 percent on green electricity. Here too, Volkswagen offers its own solution. In subsidiary Elli, it has an internal energy service provider for electrification on board.