"We are making technological progress with our partner QuantumScape."

Volkswagen Group announced an additional investment of up to $200 million in the U.S. solid-state battery specialist QuantumScape.

The German manufacturer has partnered with QuantumScape since 2012 and in 2018 invested more than $100 million, creating a joint venture with the goal "to drive forward the joint development" and take the solid-state battery from a laboratory to an industrial-level.

We don't know any details, especially since QuantumScape operates in a stealth mode, but there must be a strong hope about better batteries if Volkswagen increases its stake to around $300 million.

It's expected that the solid-state batteries will offer higher energy density, which will translate into a higher range, as well as higher safety and shorter charging times.

Once the cells are ready, the partners intend to set up a pilot plant, potentially in the near future: "the plans are anticipated to be firmed up in the course of this year."

"The Volkswagen Group has already been collaborating with QuantumScape since 2012, and is the largest automotive shareholder with its previous investment of more than $100 million. Closing of the new additional investment of up to $200 million and the associated increase of Volkswagen’s stake in QuantumScape is still subject to various conditions."

Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, which has end-to-end responsibility for batteries said:

“We are making technological progress with our partner QuantumScape. The additional investment will effectively strengthen and accelerate our joint development work”

Volkswagen's comprehensive EV strategy includes research of new chemistries, own gigafactory (joint project with Northvolt) as well as supply agreements with several battery manufacturers. Having all the elements, the group should be ready for all scenarios.

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Volkswagen increases stake in QuantumScape

Jun 16, 2020

  • Volkswagen Group is making an additional investment of up to $200 million in the U.S. solid-state battery specialist
  • Battery technology of the future: greater range, shorter charging times
  • Volkswagen Group and QuantumScape have also been collaborating in joint venture since 2018, with the goal of industrial-level production of solid-state batteries

Wolfsburg/San Jose (USA), June 16, 2020. The Volkswagen Group is increasing its stake in QuantumScape and making an additional investment of up to $200 million in the U.S. battery specialist. The goal is to drive forward the joint development of solid-state battery technology. In the future, solid-state batteries are expected to significantly increase range and shorten charging times further. “We are making technological progress with our partner QuantumScape. The additional investment will effectively strengthen and accelerate our joint development work”, said Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, which has end-to-end responsibility for batteries. The Volkswagen Group and QuantumScape have also been collaborating in a joint venture to enable industrial-level production of solid-state batteries since 2018.

“Volkswagen is taking e-mobility to the mainstream. A strong position in batteries is a decisive factor in this regard”, said Frank Blome, Head of the Battery Cell business, Volkswagen Group Components. “We are securing our global supply base with efficient producers, gradually building up manufacturing capacities and driving the development of cutting-edge solid-state battery technology. Our focus in this context is on long-term strategic partnerships.”

Solid-state batteries are seen as the most promising technology for the next-but-one generation of e-mobility. With the same size of a current battery pack, the solid-state battery could enable ranges for electric vehicles that are comparable to those for conventional drivetrains. Moreover, charging time could be significantly shortened.

The Volkswagen Group has already been collaborating with QuantumScape since 2012, and is the largest automotive shareholder with its previous investment of more than $100 million. Closing of the new additional investment of up to $200 million and the associated increase of Volkswagen’s stake in QuantumScape is still subject to various conditions. The two partners formed a joint venture in 2018 to enable industrial-level production of solid-state batteries for Volkswagen. Both partners envisage setting up a pilot plant and the plans are anticipated to be firmed up in the course of this year.

Expanding e-mobility is an important building block on the road to a carbon neutral balance for the company as a whole. This goal is to be achieved by 2050. The Volkswagen Group is therefore fully committed to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.