Volkswagen will be bundling worldwide activities in research and advance development for electric cars.
The Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, Dr. Martin Winterkorn, recently provided insight into the work of his American team at the Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in Palo Alto, California.
Group Research at the headquarters in Wolfsburg is responsible for all the brands of Volkswagen AG. Research assignments and results are coordinated there.
Group Research conducts international trend and technology scouting with their own research satellites for the purpose of strategic alignment in the primary global markets.
Along with the ERL in Palo Alto, these include Volkswagen Research Lab China (VRC) and Technical Representative Tokyo Around 100 employees are working on the cars of tomorrow at the ERL, the largest research institution of the Volkswagen Group outside Wolfsburg.
Alongside the development of driver assistance systems, the focus is on electric mobility. Within this global alliance for research and advance development, Volkswagen is examining various storage concepts.
In the field of lithium-ion technology (li-ion), this means competition between specially developed battery cells and so-called consumer cells known from notebooks and other devices, also called 18650 cells.
The ERL in Silicon Valley has been especially assigned the task of examining the battery compound of consumer cells.
The ideal packet assembling of battery cells in the automobile, as well as intelligent controls (power electronics) of the stored energy, are to ensure that cruising ranges are as wide as possible.
In the advance development for future e-models of the Volkswagen Group, every single demand made on batteries is being ascertained: this includes their lifetime and corresponding costs, reliability as well as the cruising range and safety of the battery.
The work of the Electronics Research Laboratory, already founded in 1998, is performed clear across all the brands. Hence packet assembling for variants of the Audi eTron is conceived as well as those for variants of the Golf blue-e-motion.