It is the dawning of a new era. Volkswagen is committed to the electrification of its vehicles – the brand is investing around 18 billion euros in future technologies by 2026 alone. One of these technologies is battery technology. The share of purely electric car sales in Europe is expected to rise to more than 70 percent by 2030 – and to more than 50 percent in China and the USA. That is why Volkswagen is developing the region between the Lower Saxony locations of Wolfsburg, Salzgitter and Braunschweig into “Battery Valley”. From that location, a newly founded European public limited company will drive forward the expansion of the fast-growing battery business. The company, headquartered in Salzgitter, is responsible for all activities from the purchase of raw materials to the development of the Volkswagen unit cell and the management of initially six gigafactories in Europe.
Volkswagen’s Battery Valley Tech stars in search of the perfect battery
Wolfsburg, Salzgitter and Braunschweig: In the new “Battery Valley”, Volkswagen is accelerating even swifter towards becoming a software-defined, climate-friendly company. Tech stars from all over the world are developing and researching the future of the battery here. What makes this region so special? What is it like to live and work here? We visited two experts, Chang Liu and Sarah Dieck.