VW aiming at six battery cell plants in Europe by 2030
According to Thomas Schmall, VW’s technology and procurement chief, Volkswagen Group is looking forward to have six battery cell production plants in Europe in a not too distant future. These new plants should secure supply for its electric vehicle push. The plants should have a production capacity of 240 gigawatt hours per year. As Schmall mentionned that VW was looking at getting partners on board, VW said it still would build the factories with or without partners. The first two factories will begin operations in Skelleftea, Sweden starting in 2023 this one with battery startup Northvolt and in Salzgitter, Germany, starting in 2025. The third will be in France, Spain or Portugal and should open by 2026, Schmall said. Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are other locations possible for the fourth factory in 2027. The others should be announced later.