Volkswagen’s Chinese battery partner Gotion High-Tech wants to achieve a battery cell production volume of 300 GWh by 2025, three times as much as previously planned. Cells from Gotion are also to come off the production line in Göttingen, Germany.
According to the Chinese news site Gasgoo, the new target was mentioned by a company executive at an industry seminar. At the end of 2020, Gotion’s production volume was still 28 GWh. In the coming years, the group wants to build several plants to reach its target production volume.
In Göttingen, Gotion will not build a new plant but convert an existing production facility. To this end, the Chinese company already bought a Bosch plant in Göttingen Mitte in July. As part of the transaction, Gotion High-Tech took over all shares in Robert Bosch Aftermarket Solutions GmbH. According to media reports, an assembly plant for lithium-ion batteries is to be built in Göttingen, or Gotion’s “first battery production centre in Europe”. There are still no official details on the purchase price, the timetable or the planned future production volume.
The situation is different in China, where Gotion set the course for the construction of a 20-GWh battery factory through a subsidiary in July. As reported, unit cells for Volkswagen, among others, could be produced there. The plan is to complete the first phase with 10 GWh within 18 months.
Volkswagen recently brought Gotion High-Tech on board as a partner for the planned battery factory in Salzgitter. Unit cells for the volume segment are to be built there from 2025. Production in Hefei could therefore start even before Salzgitter. According to an earlier report by Gasgoo, the deal on Hefei was signed after the agreement around Salzgitter.
Among battery manufacturers in China, Gotion High-Tech ranked third after CATL (6.5 GWh) and BYD (2.4 GWh) in August with 0.69 GWh of installed battery capacity. This is according to data from the China Automotive Power Battery Industry Innovation Alliance (CAPBIIA).
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