Thursday, September 23, 2021
News Volkswagen Looking Into 2nd-Generation Cell Technology For Up To 80% More Range

Volkswagen Looking Into 2nd-Generation Cell Technology For Up To 80% More Range

QuantumScape will help Volkswagen reach new levels of range and charging levels


  • Battery technology is being developed by QuantumScape in the US.

  • The goal is to surpass Tesla at the range game.

  • The range potential is well over 700 km (435 miles).


This 2nd-generation cell technology has the potential to transform the industry. While this is not the first, nor will it be the last time, that we write these lines, this new technology increases cell energy density by as much as 50%. Volkswagen thinks they might get this technology on the road by 2024.

Extra energy density means that the volume occupied by a current battery could potentially hold 50% more power. This will thus enable the vehicle to travel up to 80% farther on a single charge.

Volkswagen ID.3 | Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen first invested in QuantumScape in June of 2018. This past summer, VW increased its total investment to $300 million. The cell technology, according to Automotive News Europe (subscription required) relies on a solid electrolyte and lithium metal (instead of a liquid electrolyte and graphite) improving said density.

Jagdeep Singh, CEO and one of three founders of QuantumScape, says that there will be two output for production. “The first phase will be somewhat lower volume, on the order of 1 GWh, and the second phase will be 20 GWh, which is a real gigafactory scale production.”

The first cells should be produced in 2024, ramping up by 2026.

Trending Now

Tesla Model 3 orders delayed until March 2022

Most popular versions of the Tesla Model 3 won’t arrive until March 2022 Same goes for the Tesla Model S Long Range and...

Mercedes-Benz EQS: It could be cheaper than the S Class

The EQS is the flagship electric vehicle for Mercedes It will be the electrified counterpart to the S Class Base price for the...

Lithium Shortage : What Impacts Will it Have on the Automotive Industry ?

Demand for lithium should surpass global production by 10,000 tons Lithium is only produced in China and Australia Recycling used battery packs could...

Stellantis Testing Two Safety Notification Technologies

Systems using a 5G connection could allow cars to connect with their environment and alert drivers to potential safety risks Another system could...

2022 Honda Passport is Redesigned and Gets a new Rugged TrailSport Version

TrailSport is a new trim meant to highlight Honda’s light-truck lineup. The 2022 Honda Passport gets updated front and rear fascias. The more rugged...
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.