Volkswagen has announced battery costs could be reduced by 66% by adopting a single configuration applicable on all models.

Volkswagen has announced battery costs could be reduced by 66% by adopting a single configuration applicable on all models.

According to Heinz-Jakob Neusser, VW's board member in charge of development, VAG is now targeting a massive 66% reduction in production costs of battery packs by creating a sole design which would be adapted for each vehicle. He went on to specify the objective is to use the same cell for all members of the group and for all respective cars.

If the plan will succeed, it would increase the productivity of the company's battery module assembly plant in Braunschweig. A spokesman said multiple suppliers could be used to source this single cell design, but it's not known at this point when the transition to a single type of battery will occur.

At the moment, Volkswagen uses multiple types of lithium-ion cells as the e-Golf, Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron have cells from Panasonic while the Passat GTE uses Samsung cells which will also be installed in upcoming electrified new Audis.

The future of lithium-ion batteries looks bright as Volkswagen is now working on a new technology which could boost energy density by up to five times compared to the current cells. This would not only greatly improve range, but would also enable more compact battery packs freeing up room and shaving off weight.

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Volkswagen says single battery design could cut costs by 66%