Volkswagen launched the production of batteries for electric vehicles

Volkswagen launched the production of batteries for electric vehicles

September 24, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

So far, batteries are available in small batches in Salzgitter.

On Monday, September 23, a pilot installation for the production of Volkswagen lithium-ion batteries began in Salzgitter. So far, batteries have been produced in small batches, and mass production is planned to be launched jointly with the Swedish company Northvolt.

Next year, Volkswagen, in partnership with Northvolt, will start building a battery plant in Lower Saxony. The annual capacity of the plant is 16 gigawatt hours. Investments in the project by the German concern are estimated at one billion euros.

The plant will be commissioned at the end of 2023 or at the beginning of 2024. At the same time, already in 2020, the Salzgitter facility for the disposal of used batteries will start operating.

Volkswagen will launch mass production of its first all-electric ID.3 model in November this year. Earlier it became known that the first batch of 30 thousand electric vehicles has already been sold out on pre-orders.

ID.3 will be available with a 150 or 204 horsepower engine and 45, 58 or 77 kilowatt-hour batteries. Depending on the battery, the range of the electric vehicle is 330, 420 or 550 kilometers (according to the WLTR cycle).

Prices for the modification with a battery of 58 kilowatt hours and a 204-horsepower electric motor, which will be the first to enter the market, start from 40 thousand euros. Hatchback shipments to customers will begin in the middle of next year. Next on sale will be the least powerful version of ID.3, which will cost less than 30 thousand euros.