Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:54

Volkswagen to Build In-House Battery Cells in New Tennessee EV Facility

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati
Volkswagen’s planned EV development facility in Chattanooga, TN. Volkswagen’s planned EV development facility in Chattanooga, TN. Volkswagen


In-house battery development is effective for some automakers because it eliminates the need to outsource an EV’s power source from a supplier.


Battery development is difficult, tedious work, and many companies working to transition to electrification have stumbled across numerous issues when working to build capable EV cells.


However, battery development is crucial to an EV's performance, especially when range is concerned. It takes a specific oxide combination to have sufficient range ratings while maintaining cell stability and a long lifespan.


Volkswagen is willing to take on the challenge of developing its own cells, and the journey to battery development will begin in spring 2021.


The high-voltage lab will also contribute toward the company’s wish to become carbon neutral by 2050. The lab will be built using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, which will decrease the environmental impact the construction will have.


“This lab was planned to be as sustainable as possible,” said Maluche.


Volkswagen’s Jason Swager, director of electrical development, is looking forward to the company’s EV development in the U.S.


“The future of driving is coming to Chattanooga. We have the chance to help shape how Volkswagen and the entire automotive industry engineers electric vehicles to be as safe and sustainable as possible,” Swager said.


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