Volkswagen Group China is commencing development of a battery system manufacturing manufacturing unit in Hefei (Anhui province). The corporate says the VW Anhui Elements Firm is the primary battery system plant to be wholly owned by the group in China.

Its preliminary annual capability shall be 150,000 to 180,000 high-voltage battery methods for Volkswagen Anhui’s all-electric autos primarily based on the Group’s Modular Electrical Drive Toolkit (MEB platform).

With an space of over 45,000 sq. meters, the plant shall be positioned subsequent to the manufacturing services of Volkswagen Anhui, Volkswagen’s first majority-owned three way partnership for all-electric autos. Volkswagen Group China is investing over EUR 140 million till 2025 within the new plant and its services, with the beginning of manufacturing (SOP) focused for the second half of 2023.

Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO Volkswagen Group China, mentioned: “Volkswagen Group’s platform technique is a aggressive benefit which we’re transferring into the e-mobility period. With a major improve of battery-electric autos (BEVs) sooner or later, we have to concentrate on preserving key parts like battery methods in our personal worth chain, permitting us to leverage Group-wide synergies and improvements. Volkswagen Anhui and VW Anhui Elements Firm, alongside our two robust Joint Ventures, are essential to our electrification technique and to attaining our aim of the Volkswagen Group China fleet reaching  over 40% NEVs by 2030.”

Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board Member for Expertise and CEO of Volkswagen Group Elements, mentioned: “The event and manufacturing of battery methods is a vital step on the best way to attaining end-to finish duty for the battery. Thus, Anhui is a crucial pillar of our world battery technique. The worldwide technique leads from vertical integration within the uncooked materials market by way of constructing battery vegetation, in addition to cell factories in collaboration with companions – amongst them the Chinese language battery skilled Gotion – to second life options and recycling. Presently, we’re increase three MEB battery manufacturing services in Asia, Europe and the USA to have the ability to meet the rising demand for MEB battery methods sooner or later. Our blueprint manufacturing unit in Braunschweig, Germany, is able to produce as much as 500.000 battery methods a 12 months and is aiding in our capability build-up with its experience in planning, improvement and manufacturing.”

Frank Engel, Government Vice President Elements, Logistics, High quality at Volkswagen Group China, mentioned: “With the brand new parts plant in Anhui, the share of worth added by Volkswagen parts in Volkswagen Anhui’s future electrical autos shall be about 40 p.c. VW Anhui Elements targets to be the offering system for our all-electric autos and the strategic spine of our e-mobility offensive. This new part plant additionally supplies a robust basis for producing the following battery generations for the Chinese language market.”

The brand new plant, VW Anhui Elements Firm, shall be positioned within the close by provider park of Volkswagen Anhui’s EV-production website, which brings logistical and value efficiencies and a quicker time-to-market. The brand new premises comprise over 45,000 sq. meters, which equals 8.4 soccer fields. As of SOP, roughly 200 workers will work on the new manufacturing unit. The brand new plant will leverage current synergies with the Group’s wholly owned battery vegetation and workshops in Braunschweig (Germany) and Tianjin (China), in addition to improve ties and synergies with the MEB battery vegetation of Volkswagen Group’s Chinese language Joint Ventures.

The Braunschweig plant is considered the lead plant for the planning, improvement and manufacturing of battery methods. Specialists from Germany present help on the worldwide services at the moment being arrange, together with in Anhui. The expertise gained on the Braunschweig plant, which has been operating since 2019, is thus transferred throughout the Volkswagen Group. Along with specialists engaged on website, there are additionally groups working from Germany as bridgeheads within the collaboration. Concurrently Anhui, battery meeting capacities are additionally being arrange within the Czech Republic (Mlada Boleslav) and within the USA (Chattanooga). The plan is to fabricate greater than 1 million battery methods per 12 months in a number of years.

Workers shall be educated on the Element Schooling Academy on the Group’s Tianjin plant, with front-line workers additionally receiving state-of-the-art VR coaching to eradicate components loss and accident dangers, shorten the coaching cycle and scale back the necessity for bodily venues. The Group is dedicated to youthful generations and can present twin vocational schooling alternatives, specializing in technological coaching for e-mobility merchandise and parts. That is in step with the Group’s current cooperation with native companions in Anhui to domesticate native high-quality skills who will contribute to the group’s enterprise, in addition to Hefei as a mobility hub.

The battery system for MEB autos consists of a number of cell modules, a cell administration controller, a battery administration system, and a connector strip, that are interconnected by way of high-voltage connectors and guarded in an aluminum battery housing. By way of the manufacturing course of, there shall be two manufacturing steps every with two manufacturing strains – one for body manufacturing and one for system meeting. In line with the Group’s imaginative and prescient for a digitized manufacturing course of, the manufacturing, meeting and testing of the battery methods will make the most of cutting-edge expertise and contain a excessive stage of automation at every stage. Prototype manufacturing has already began on the group’s Tianjin plant.