QuantumSpace, Volkswagen agrees to select JV battery pilot line facility location
QuantumScape Corporation has announced that it has agreed with Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. to select the location of their joint-venture solid-state battery pilot-line facility by the end of 2021. The companies at present contemplate Salzgitter, Germany for the location.
The pilot-line facility, QS-1, will initially be a 1-gigawatt hour (GWh) battery cell commercial production plant for electric vehicle batteries. QuantumScape and Volkswagen intend to expand production capacity by a further 20 GWh at the same location.
"Our goal has been to bring our solid-state lithium-metal batteries to market as soon as possible," said Jagdeep Singh, CEO, and co-founder of QuantumScape. "This joint venture brings together QuantumScape's core battery technology with Volkswagen's deep understanding of high-volume, high-quality production, and maximizes our ability to bring this technology into industrial production."
QS-1 will follow QS-0, QuantumScape's planned pre-pilot line. In its Q1 Shareholder Letter, QuantumScape highlighted progress on that front as well, securing a facility in San Jose to house the QS-0 line. To fulfill the strong inbound interest in its technology, the company also recently announced it was doubling the initial QS-0 capacity to over 200,000 cells annually, enough for hundreds of test vehicles each year.
In March, QuantumScape announced an additional $100 million in funding from Volkswagen after Volkswagen confirmed through tests at its labs in Germany that QuantumScape cells met the established technical milestone.