Volkswagen's first Power Day on March 15 met with a very strong international response. The event, at which the Group presented its technology roadmap for battery and charging until 2030, was broadcast with livestreams on five Volkswagen digital channels and generated a total of more than one million views. The event, which lasted around two hours, was moderated from Wolfsburg and included live feeds to China, Sweden, the UK, Italy, Spain and the US.
The focus was on the development of a comprehensive network of factories for battery cell production for e-cars: six gigafactories with a total capacity of 240 gigawatt hours are to be built in Europe alone by the end of the decade. Production of Volkswagen premium cells will be concentrated at the Swedish "Northvolt Ett" gigafactory in Skellefteå. The gigafactory in Salzgitter, which is now operated by Volkswagen, will produce the unit cell for the volume segment from 2025 - the unit cell is to be installed in up to 80 percent of all the Group's e-vehicles across all brands in 2030. Volkswagen thus intends to gradually reduce the cost of batteries in the entry-level segment by up to 50 percent and in the volume segment by up to 30 percent.