Salzgitter likely location for VW-Quantumscape battery JV

May 14, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Salzgitter likely location for VW-Quantumscape battery JV
In the preparation of a battery production by Volkswagen's joint venture with the American materials specialist Quantumscape, the city of Salzgitter has long been talked about as a hot candidate because of its proximity to Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg (both in Lower Saxony, Germany). Now the two companies have agreed to come to a decision before the end of the current year.

The planned pilot-line facility of the JV, QS-1, will initially be a 1-gigawatt hour (GWh) battery cell commercial production plant for electric vehicle batteries. QuantumScape and Volkswagen intend to expand production capacity by a further 20 GWh at the same location.

“Our goal has been to bring our solid-state lithium-metal batteries to market as soon as possible,” said Jagdeep Singh, CEO and co-founder of solid-state lithium-metal battery expert QuantumScape. “This joint venture brings together QuantumScape’s core battery technology with Volkswagen’s deep understanding of high-volume, high-quality production, and maximizes our ability to bring this technology into industrial production.”

QS-1 will follow QS-0, QuantumScape’s planned pre-pilot line. Recently, QuantumScape highlighted progress on that front as well, securing a facility in San Jose, Calif., to house the QS-0 line. To fulfill the strong inbound interest in its technology, the company also announced it was doubling the initial QS-0 capacity to over 200,000 cells annually, enough for hundreds of test vehicles each year.

In March, QuantumScape announced an additional $100 million in funding from Volkswagen after the carmaker confirmed through tests at its labs in Germany that QuantumScape cells met the established technical milestone.

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