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Volkswagen, Umicore form joint venture in Europe for cathode material production

VW’s PowerCo and battery recycler Umicore form JV for EV cathode materials

2022-09-26T13:31:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

The JV will produce materials from 2025 to make cathodes, a component which accounts for roughly half the cost of a battery cell.

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Europe’s carmakers dim lights, turn back to coal, oil, on approach to bleak winter

2022-09-21T15:38:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Automakers crimp energy use and reluctantly turn to coal and oil but options may be more limited for component and material suppliers upstream.

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​Volkswagen signs preliminary deal for MEB EV parts supply to India’s Mahindra

2022-08-16T09:58:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Mahindra plans to use the MEB electric drivetrain, battery system and VW-specification battery cells in its forthcoming EV SUVs.

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What Vorsprung durch Technik means for Audi manufacturing in 2022

2022-07-28T19:59:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Audi is making progress in production through virtual reality, AI and software prototype builds, modular assembly, quality control and energy conservation.

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Automotive battery manufacturing and supply chain 2022: Risks, regulation and resiliency

2022-07-28T13:15:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The latest AMS battery report forecasts production capacity, analyses suppliers and materials, and shows why OEMs and suppliers are forging new partnerships

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Lithium-ion battery gigafactory database 2022

2022-07-26T23:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Track electric vehicle lithium battery gigafactories by manufacturer, location, manufacturer, current and planned gigawatt (GWh) capacity.

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Oliver Blume to replace Diess as CEO of Volkswagen Group

2022-07-25T13:55:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Porsche CEO and former production chief Oliver Blume will take over from Herbert Diess as VW Group CEO from September.

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Volkswagen launches battery cell-making company PowerCo

2022-07-08T17:03:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

PowerCo could produce enough cells for 3m electric vehicles a year by 2030 across six ‘standardised’ European gigafactories.

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Buzz timetable: VW’s Hannover plant to produce iconic van’s battery pack from 2024

2022-06-17T13:02:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

Volkswagen Group Components will invest €2.3 billion for EV-related part making by 2026.

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Volkswagen-led research team to develop closed-loop battery recycling

2022-06-14T09:44:00+01:00By AMS

Consortium launches closed-loop raw material project with the aim to develop permanent recovery of valuable materials to increase sustainability and security of supply

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VW’s Frank Blome appointed CEO of automaker’s new battery company

2022-05-24T11:42:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

By producing its own battery cells, VW aims to capture more of the value in EV production.

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Volkswagen starts EV production at second German plant

2022-05-20T14:30:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

After first turning its Zwickau plant into an EV-only factory, the carmaker has invested €1 billion at Emden for its gradual conversion towards EV production.

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VW and Seat announces €10 billion EV investment to electrify Spain

2022-05-10T10:39:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Volkswagen AG and Spanish OEM SEAT S.A will be investing €10 billion ($10.6 billion) into a huge electrification strategy in Spain, supporting the localisation of electric vehicle and battery output.

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European automotive manufacturing in an age of disruption

2022-04-04T11:21:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

European automotive production is in a state of flux and continued disruption. The accumulative impact of continuing coronavirus-related problems, the prominence of Asian productivity, and now war threatens to cause further damage to automotive manufacturing, Jason Dunn reports.

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VW commits $7.1 billion investment to expand EV manufacturing footprint in North America

2022-03-22T13:52:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Volkswagen has committed a $7.1 billion investment to boost its product line-up, R&D capabilities and manufacturing capacity in North America across the next five years.

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Northvolt selects northern Germany for its third European gigafactory

2022-03-16T17:47:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

The Swedish battery cell manufacturer is ramping up capacity to build battery cells with a 60 GWh capacity plant in Heide, Germany.

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Ford and VW expand collaboration with plans for new electric model using MEB platform

2022-03-15T11:37:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Ford Motor and Volkswagen Group are growing their e-mobility partnership amid plans to produce a new electric model based on the MEB platform for the European market. Following plans to introduce another 7 EVs in Europe by 2024, Ford also aims to double its planned MEB volume to 1.2m units across six years.

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VW gives the go-ahead for the new Trinity plant at Wolfsburg

2022-03-07T18:37:00+00:00By AMS

The Supervisory Board has approved a new manufacturing site in Wolfsburg-Warmenau close to the main production plant to produce the Trinity1 electric model

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Where the Catena-X automotive cloud stands

2022-02-24T23:47:00+00:00By Claas Alexander Stroh

The vehicle cloud Catena-X intended to provide a more integrated network for automakers and suppliers. In reality, standalone solutions have prevailed so far and made the task of networking the entire auto industry even more strenuous.

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VW and Toyota suspend Tianjin plants as local Covid lockdown measures hit production outlook

2022-01-17T16:59:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Volkswagen Group in China has announced that it will be closing a plant in the city of Tianjin, as well as a component factory, following resurgent Covid-19 cases in the coastal city.

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