Volkswagen has a long track record as one of the largest and most traditional automakers. The company has grown from a German-based vehicle manufacturer during world war II to be the most significant carmaker with an expansive roster of brands under its wings. Over the years the company has taken over famous brands like Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Audi all which produce high-end supercars
However, the move toward the green hasn’t spared the auto giant. Despite its reaches into the production of large brands, the company is joining other brands on the step toward producing electric vehicles. While this was a long time coming, Volkswagen put this shift into mid for a long time, and this prompted the appointment of Frank Blom as the new head of the battery division.
While on a briefing, Frank expressed an assurance to concerned parties that the shift will be handled with utmost thought. The company has its division taking over the production of batteries. This is due to the view by huge company executives to produce parts collectively compared to outsourcing parts.
He goes to prove that the company aims to provide wholesome service from the batteries to the car service. Volkswagen is at the forefront of fighting environmental degradation, and the company has this engrained in its employees. As part of the fight, the battery division under company orders opt to recycle all batteries and reuse their parts for new batteries
In the company’s eyes, old used batteries are a source of raw materials. Salvageable parts include recyclable nickel, manganese, cobalt, steel, and aluminium shrapnel, all essential in rebuilding pieced batteries
“Volkswagen assumes responsibility for the entire battery raw material cycle. All activities from battery cell production to recycling are bundled at Volkswagen Group Components. Batteries are not hazardous waste, but a valuable source of raw materials. The aim is to achieve the highest possible level of material recycling and the reuse of useful E-raw-materials such as nickel, manganese, cobalt, as well as copper, steel, and aluminum — in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner. Should the recycling plant proceed past the concept stage, the company will have the potential to recycle 1200 tons of used battery
The company set a partnership with QuantumScape, a firm specializing in battery management systems to begin a project producing reliable state EV batteries come 2024. Volkswagen is also entering into a partnership with Northvolt to set up a battery production facility in the Salzgitter region capable of producing 16GWh worth of yearly output