Gotion High-Tech launches battery production in Germany
Battery packs are coming off the production line at the former Bosch plant in Göttingen. Not from Bosch, however, but from battery cell manufacturer and Volkswagen partner Gotion High-Tech, which has started production in its first European factory.
“Our Göttingen factory’s production line is highly automated, with an overall automation level of nearly 70%, and close to 80% in the module assembly stage,” said Ray Chen, vice president of Gotion Global, at the production kick-off.
Battery packs for electric cars and commercial vehicles, as well as stationary applications will be manufactured there immediately. A “large number of orders have already been received from Europe”, the company wrote in its statement. Gotion does not disclose from whom, but writes that the first battery packs are to be delivered to its customers as early as October.
Gotion has also established collaborations with BASF, ABB, Ebusco, Ficosa and Idneo covering various aspects such as battery materials, product development and the supply of automotive and stationary energy storage products. Specifically, cooperation with BASF China on projects related to battery materials will be expanded. With ABB, Gotion will collaborate on research and development to support ABB’s new factories in Europe and the US.
The collaboration with Ebusco will focus on the development and production of battery systems for energy storage, as well as wind and solar energy storage projects. With Ficosa and Idneo, Gotion plans to collaborate in the areas of smart mobile energy storage and charging vehicles, battery banking, battery recycling, BMS and Big Data engineering.
Gotion High-Tech (25.6 per cent of shares are owned by Volkswagen) specializes in LFP cells. The company is on an enormous growth trajectory and has commissioned or announced the construction of numerous battery factories – but so far primarily in China. By 2025, Gotion wants to reach a global production capacity of 300 GWh.
The manufacturer had purchased the Bosch plant in mid-2021. The annual production capacity is to be expanded to 20 GWh in four phases. By mid-2024, the company wants to reach 5 GWh. The production value is then estimated at two billion euros, the company informs.
In June it became known that Gotion was considering building a large battery cell factory in Morocco. The letter of intent with the Moroccan government talks of an annual capacity of 100 GWh. And the battery cell manufacturer also wants to produce in the USA in the near future.