Germany has decided to create another battery cell production center in Europe as manufacturers prepare to move towards the production of electric cars. This was decided because the need has arisen for electric car batteries due to their high demand. Almost all auto industries in Europe are for zero-emission cars, considering that they have to abide by clean air rules. These rules have been implemented in attempts of making car manufacturers change their strategy and move towards making electric cars rather than combustion engine cars.
According to the Ministry of Economics of Germany, this initiative has made almost €1 billion in subsidies which is more than enough to help them go further with this initiative and keep the value that the automotive industry adds to people’s lives in Germany and Europe.
Germany told the European Commission and the European Union in one of their talks that they are bringing two important projects to Europe which are in the interest of both Europe and Germany, with German companies playing a leading role in both of them. However, the names of those companies haven’t been revealed yet.
Some of the companies involved include BMW, BASF, Varta, and BMZ as reported by the Daily Handelsblatt.
It is expected that there will be three battery cell groups by the end of June next year.
Volkswagen, another German auto-company, claimed that it will invest as much as €900 million to build a battery plant in collaboration with a Swedish auto-company called Northvolt AB, with Volkswagen taking a 20% stake in Northvolt. It will have an annual capacity of 16-gigawatt hours and will be built in Salzgitter, Germany.
The German battery plant production is expected to start in 2020. Volkswagen expects to launch 70 electric car models at most in the next decade and expects to manufacture more than 20 million cars.
Asian companies, however, are dominant over the electric car battery cells market. This includes the Korean giants; Samsung SDI, LG Chem, SK Innovation and many more.