VW to begin with, with the help of a high-nickel battery for electric cars

FILE PHOTO: An employee works on an assembly line, the electric Volkswagen model NAME.3, in Zwickau, Germany, on February 25, 2020. (REUTERS photo/Matthias Rietschel/a Photo File name, the GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK in ADVANCE

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE increase in the amount of nickel used in electric car, the cells in the battery pack to 80% in the next year, up from 65% at the moment, Frank Blome, the head of the cells in the battery, the car maker said on Tuesday.

Volkswagen present electric car is a battery cell that contains 65% nickel, 15% cobalt and 20% manganese. The next generation of batteries will have 80% nickel, 10% cobalt and 10% of manganese, Blome, told analysts on a call.

There was the start of the manufacturing of a push to build a 3-million electric cars a year by 2025, of which 300 gigawatt hours worth of battery cells, mainly in Asia and Europe, ” he said.

Increase in the production of the batteries at the scale it will help the car maker to cut battery-cell costs far less than $100 per kilowatt-hour by 2025, ” he said.

Reporting by Edward Taylor; editing by Jason Neely

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