Thanks to its good figures and with the arrival of its new MEB platform, Volkswagen has all the assets to become essential in the electric market.
During its “Power Day”, an event similar to the “Battery Day” organized by Tesla, the Volkswagen Group presented its technological roadmap for batteries and charging systems for its future electric cars. And it was necessary to tackle it in front of the sales of electric vehicles which strongly increased for group, in particular thanks to the ID.3. Thus, Volkswagen saw its sales of electric vehicles more than tripled in 2020 … Based on these rapidly increasing figures, the group even aims to become the world leader in electro-mobility by 2025. To achieve this Volkswagen plans to invest nearly 45 billion euros in the electrification and hybridization of its models over the next five years.
This budget will be used in particular for the development of the platforms which are at the heart of the manufacturer’s strategy. As such, the Chairman of the Volkswagen Group Executive Board, Hubert Diess declared: “Our platform roadmap will allow us to further exploit the potential of the Group’s alliance. By uniting the strengths of our excellent brands, we will be able to accelerate the development of our future technologies and maximize the number of people who benefit from them ”.
A platform for the group
And all of this will largely go through the existing MEB platform. This electric platform uses the modular principle that has long been used at VW. The Electric Modular Platform (MEB) represents the basic structure of all future electric cars from Wolfsburg and the rest of the group. Thus, the ID.3 and ID4 are based on this platform, while it is adopted by Seat for the Born and by Skoda for the Enyak iV … According to Frank Welsch, head of development at VW, about half planned models will not bear the VW logo … Skoda, for example, plans five electric and plug-in hybrid cars by 2025.
In its standard configuration, only the rear axle is equipped with an electric motor, the front axle can also be motorized as an option. With a movable floor that can be fitted with any structure, VW creates a huge degree of freedom when designing new models. For example, in the VW ID.3 the range can be up to 550 kilometers according to the WLTP standard. To achieve this, the battery is made up of 24 lithium-ion cells. The number of modules used varies depending on the vehicle, thus offering the desired modularity and the necessary autonomy …
To support this platform and appeal to a growing population, Volkswagen has announced that battery costs should be halved. In order to reduce the price of batteries, the company wants to develop a “standard cell”. By doing this, the brand wants to have one and the same cell reference, which would allow the same battery to be used regardless of the car. With the key, a beautiful economy of scale which will be directly reflected in the final price … The first VW batteries must be produced in two years and installed in 80% of electric cars by 2030. Besides the cost, that would make the production of cars more environmentally friendly. By the end of the decade, 60% of new vehicles are expected to be powered by these batteries. To achieve this goal, new production sites are also needed.
Regarding the technical specificities, these batteries would have an unchanged weight and size, but their capacity should increase considerably. We are also talking about a charging time divided by two, or 11 minutes, to have a range of 450 kilometers …