November 12, 2007
German alliance to develop new generation of high-performance batteries
Wolfsburg, Germany – A joint project, including automaker Volkswagen, has presented a project to develop high-performance batteries for stationary and mobile operation at the Innovation Congress in Berlin. The alliance includes Volkswagen, BASF, Bosch, Evonik Degussa, Li-Tec, and STEAG Saar Energie. The goal is to substantially increase the energy and performance density of the batteries, and to accelerate the possible use in production.
“In the future, there will be parallel use of various automotive drive systems, all the way to purely electric drive,” said Dr. Juergen Leohold, head of group research at Volkswagen AG. “A high-performance lithium-ion battery as the energy carrier will be a key technology. Therefore, it is sensible and necessary to combine the potentials for the research and development of this battery in an alliance for innovation. This way, synergies can be exploited and the development accelerated. For Volkswagen, this initiative is an important step on the way to zero-emission operation of vehicles.”
The participating industrial partners will invest around