19 Jan 22

Volkswagen and Bosch team up to produce batteries for Europe

VW and Bosch board members.

Volkswagen (VW) and Bosch signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to provide industrial-scale solutions for battery manufacturing in Europe. 

The partnership aims to meet the constantly increasing demand for batteries in Europe. VW and Bosch will supply all the processes and components required for the large-scale manufacture of battery cells and systems. 

The alliance is also a push towards becoming essential players in e-mobility, as the German automaker aims to become a major battery cell manufacturer, and Bosch is increasing its influence in the EV transformation. 

Europe will be a battery hub

According to the European Battery Alliance (EBA), a third of global batteries shall be produced in Europe by 2030 to cut dependency on foreign suppliers. 

Thomas Schmall, who is at the head of battery plans of VW, believes, “Europe has the unique chance to become a global battery powerhouse in the years to come.”

Rolf Najork, a management board member of Bosch, said, “Bosch and VW seek a path to industrialize production processes for battery cells with standardized equipment.” 

The project awaits approval from regional authorities to start production.

Photo: Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board Member for Technology; Frank Blome, Head of Battery Volkswagen Group, Sebastian Wolf, Head of Operations Battery Cell Volkswagen Group. (back row, l. to r.) Günter Krenz, General Manager Bosch Manufacturing Solutions, Rolf Najork, Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH, Aemen Bouafif, Assistant to the Bosch Board of Management, courtesy of VW Group.

Authored by: Mufit Yilmaz Gokmen