Wolfsburg/San Francisco. Hat VW found the holy grail of battery research?
At least it looks pretty good, if you want to believe the start-up QuantumScape from Silicon Valley. And with that VW common cause, the group sits on the supervisory board. A third of QuantumScape belongs to the Wolfsburg-based company.
VW: Partner start-up raises battery hopes
After ten years of work, the start-up has developed a battery that will convince even skeptics. “This is a breakthrough,” said Nobel Prize winner Stan Whittingham, co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, according to “WirtschaftsWoche”.
+++ VW is said to have scoffed at Piëch plans – the group should now regret this missed mega-deal +++
QuantumScape: The new battery should be able to do that
According to QuantumScape, the new batteries can be charged to a capacity of 80 percent in just 15 minutes. In addition, the battery should offer almost 50 percent more range than previous lithium models.
In addition, the solid-state batteries should be able to withstand both heat and cold – and even be fully functional in icy temperatures of minus 30 degrees. A special ceramic material should make this possible, simply put.
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VW is researching batteries in Salzgitter
The new batteries are already on the table at VW battery research in Salzgitter. If the figures presented prove themselves, Volkswagen could use the batteries as a miracle cure to catch up on US competitor Tesla.
The battery should be ready for the market in 2024. However, there is still one hurdle …
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QuantumScape and VW still have to prove that the batteries can also be mass-produced. Their production has to be completely pure – and that in turn costs a lot of money … (ck)
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