Monday, September 23 at Salzgitter started a pilot plant for the production of lithium-ion batteries Volkswagen. While the batteries are produced in small batches and mass production is scheduled to run together with the Swedish company Northvolt.
Next year, Volkswagen in partnership with Northvolt will begin construction of the enterprise for the production of batteries in Lower Saxony. Annual capacity of the plant to 16 gigawatt-hours. Investment in the project from the German company are estimated at one billion euros.
The plant will be put into operation in late 2023 or early 2024. However, in 2020 in Salzgitter earn plant for recycling of waste batteries.
In November of this year, Volkswagen will launch serial production of its first all-electric model ID.3. Earlier it was reported that the first batch of 30 thousand electric cars are already sold out on pre-orders.
ID.3 will be available with engine capacity of 150 or 204 horsepower and a battery capacity of 45, 58 or 77 kilowatt-hours. Depending on the battery power reserve of the electric car is 330, 420 or 550 kilometers (cycle WLTR).
Prices for modification with battery at 58 kilowatt-hours and 204-horsepower electric motor, which will be the first to enter the market, start with 40 thousand euros. The shipment of the hatchback to customers will begin in the middle of next year. Then in sale, the least powerful version ID.3 (150 forces), which will cost “less than 30 thousand euros”.