Volkswagen Group Components has created a new Charging & Energy business unit as of 1 January 2021. This will be headed by Elke Temme, who was formerly managing director of Innogy eMobility Solutions.
According to a Volkswagen press release, the new business unit will, among other things, have the task of, “pooling and managing existing Group activities in the fields of energy, charging services, charging equipment and charging infrastructure across all the brands.” How exactly the activities located at the Components department will fit in with the individual charging offers and the interests of the group brands is not clear from the brief press release. What is clear, however, is that since Volkswagen itself warned publicly last year of an “impending charging gap” in the market ramp-up of electromobility, the newly created business unit for coordinating activities will have an important role to play in closing this “charging gap.”
The Charging & Energy business unit will be headed by a manager who is well known in the field of electromobility. Elke Temme previously held various positions at the energy group RWE (later Innogy) for 18 years, most recently heading the operating division of innogy eMobility Solutions GmbH as a member of the management board.
“With Elke Temme, we have won a proven expert in the fields of energy and charging for our company,” says Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of VW Group Components and member of the Group Board of Management. “With her many years of experience and outstanding expertise, she will quickly charge up the new business field and thus make a considerable contribution towards moving not only Group Components, but also the whole Group forwards in the field of electric mobility.”
Innogy had restructured the management of its eMobility subsidiary in March 2020. In the course of this, Temme left the management board and her duties were taken over by Arjan van der Eijk. In addition, van der Eijk was appointed chairman of the management board, whereas previously the three managing directors of the GmbH had equal rights.
Temme herself has not made any statements in Volkswagen’s brief press release. However, her move from the Ruhr region to the Volkswagen Group headquarters should not be too difficult since she was born in Wolfsburg.
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