Half of all cars in the Volkswagen Group will be battery-powered by 2030

With New Auto, the Volkswagen Group has presented its strategy up to 2030. Among other things, the focus will continue to be placed on electromobility. But autonomous driving, software development and other factors should also be greatly expanded and new synergies created.

The Volkswagen Group wants to have converted half of its entire range of models to battery cars by 2030. This goal was announced by CEO Herbert Diess on Tuesday at the presentation of the new corporate strategy. The largest European car group is also planning to reduce the real CO2 footprint per car over the entire life cycle of a vehicle by 30 percent compared to 2018 levels in the current decade.

New Auto: Volkswagen wants to overtake Tesla in the field of electromobility

The specifications are “in line with the Paris Agreement”, explained VW with a view to the international climate targets. On Wednesday, the EU Commission in Brussels expects details of the steps the European states are to take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2030.

VW wants to introduce its ID Buzz this year. (Image: Volkswagen)

By 2040, the world’s second-largest car company after Toyota wants to create a share of “almost 100 percent of all new vehicles in the important markets” that are carbon-neutral on the balance sheet. The aim is to achieve a completely balanced CO2 balance throughout the group by 2050 at the latest.

Volkswagen wants to become the global market leader in e-mobility and above all to catch up with its US competitor Tesla. In the years to come, billions will be invested in the area, as well as in digitization and services. After a rather slow start, the demand for electric vehicles is increasing in many countries – thanks in part to lavish government subsidy programs. The core brand VW Pkw had in the spring when presenting its own new Strategy announced: at least 70 percent in Europe by 2030 to want to dispute their sales from the sale of pure electric vehicles.

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“Previously unattainable synergies”: VW wants to exploit economies of scale with standardized platforms

With four standardized platforms, the Volkswagen Group intends to make greater use of its economies of scale across all brands. As CEO Herbert Diess announced on Tuesday at the presentation of the new strategy up to 2030, the principle of identical parts for use in the highest possible numbers will soon no longer be limited to the familiar vehicle kits. It is also increasingly extending to digitization, electrification and services.

Volkswagen: “New Auto” strategy should pervade all branches of the company. (Image: Volkswagen)

In this way, “previously unattainable synergies” should be used, he explained in Wolfsburg. Four overarching platforms are to be built up step by step: for the basic technical architecture of battery vehicles, for the increasing use of proprietary software in cars, for internal battery cell production, for new mobility services and autonomous driving according to level 4. For the development of the software architecture E3 2.0 The Group’s own software and technology company Cariad will be responsible. The individual subsidiaries of the group should later make use of these elements and be able to build specific variants on them.

As with earlier platforms, the core element is the idea of ​​standardizing technical standards, reducing the number of variants and thus reducing costs. The basic vehicle system “Scalable Systems Platform” (SSP) is to be used in production from 2026 for pure electric vehicles. According to the plans, over 40 million cars are to be built on this basis.

VW brings Chinese partner to Salzgitter battery plant – expansion in Spain

Furthermore, Volkswagen has its billion-dollar plans to set up its own battery cell factories and is teaming up with a large supplier from China at the Salzgitter location. The Chinese cell manufacturer Gotion High-Tech will participate as a “technology partner” at the headquarters of the previous engine plant in Lower Saxony. Both sides had concluded a corresponding agreement at the beginning of this week, it was said in Wolfsburg. The year 2025 is targeted as the joint start of production.

VW is setting up its own production facility in Salzgitter for the often scarce battery cells, also in order to become less dependent on external suppliers. There is already a pilot line here.

A total of five more cell factories will be built in the coming years. In Sweden, for example, our partner Northvolt is there. When selecting further locations, the group decided to go to Spain – the home of its Seat brand. The country will be “a strategic pillar in the electrical strategy”. A strategic partner is still being sought.

In addition, the VW Group wants to set up the production of its planned small electric car series (“Small BEV”) in Spain from 2025 onwards. A concrete investment decision in this case depends, among other things, on whether there is state support for this. afr /dpa

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