The alliance for innovation among the companies BASF, Bosch, Evonik Degussa, Li-Tec, STEAG Saar Energie and Volkswagen took the opportunity to suggest a common start on a lithium-ion initiative to the Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan. The goal is to increase substantially the energy and performance density of the batteries and to accelerate the possible use in production.
Dr. Juergen Leohold, Head of Group Research at Volkswagen AG said, “In the future, there will be parallel use of various automotive drive systems, all the way to purely electric drive. A high-performance lithium-ion battery as the energy carrier will be a key technology. Therefore, it is sensible and necessary to combine the potentials for the research and development of this battery in an alliance for innovation. This way, synergies can be exploited and the development accelerated. For Volkswagen, this initiative is an important step on the way to zero-emission operation of vehicles.”