VW EVs Will Have Batteries Designed To “Last As Long As The Cars”

Volkswagen is preparing to introduce the ID Neo later this year and now we’re learning more about the car’s battery pack.

According to the head of Volkswagen’s Center of Excellence for Battery Cells, the company has designed the battery pack to “last as long as the cars.” Of course, this is relative as battery performance declines with age and repeated charging. Frank Blome acknowledged there are challenges, but said the battery pack will have a minimum capacity of 70 percent for eight years or 99,419 miles (160,000 km).

To maximize the life of the battery pack, Blome suggested drivers should limit their use of rapid chargers and only charge the battery to 80 percent. This wouldn’t be convenient, but Blome contends an 80 percent charge is “more than enough” in most cases as a majority of trips are relatively short and typically involve driving to work or going shopping.

As for range, Blome said the modular battery pack will allow drivers to travel up to 342 miles (550 km) on a single charge. He also said upcoming EVs will be available at “affordable prices.”

Besides talking about current battery technology, Blome gave a few hints about the future. He believes there will be “significant advances” in lithium-ion technology in the coming years, but the next “big leap” in performance will likely come from solid-state batteries.

Volkswagen has been working on solid-state batteries with QuantumScape, but Blome suggested mass production is still several years off. However, they could be ready sometime between 2025 and 2030.

Solid-state batteries are seen as a bit of a holy grail for electric vehicles as they are lighter and have a greater energy density than current lithium-ion batteries. Volkswagen has previously said solid-state batteries could increase the range of the e-Golf from 186 miles (300 km) to approximately 466 miles (750 km).

  • TrevP

    Okay.

  • lagunas3ca

    Gee, wonder where they got the aero wheels design from?

    • Mike anonymous

      They got it from themselves? VW has been doing the Aero wheel cap on their efficient vehicles as far back (to my knowledge) as 1998.

      • lagunas3ca

        One might say Ford did even 10 years prior to that with their Aerostar 😉

        • Matt

          One might say aerodynamic wheel coverings have been around for decades…. hardly a new idea, but you were insinuating VW stole the idea from Tesla?

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    Yeah and when the batteries start to degrade and loose there charge and it’ll cost us more and more and more to charge them we will then be at a point do we have a car or forced back into public transport

    • Mike anonymous

      A lot of companies started really pushing for & jumping on the EV (I don’t want to call it bandwagon, because there are some genuine advantages & it’s not necessarily a bad thing at all) due to the fact that a number of automakers realized they could charge people to ‘charge’, allowing them to increase their profits however they choose.

      Similar in the way phone carrier companies charge you for a phone bill, (or the way gas stations charge you for gas), giving the power to the automakers (which can be a good or bad thing) to regulate and charge whatever prices they’d like for their own profit.
      One thing leads to another and Automakers will be competing like phone companies charging you basically ‘per-mile’ as you can only go so far before you’ll need to recharge again.

      If automakers would offer it for free that would be great (as Solar stations would be a great and practical), and sure it’s not exactly at that point now, but once infrastructure is in and customers are ‘hooked’ Automakers will have the opportunity to do whatever it is they’d like. If automakers were more worried about the planet, they would look into alternative means to provide stations with the proper free power (solar, wind, etc)… At least that is how I see it in my own opinion.

      I would personally rather see the power in the hands of the customers and the people, opposed to the automakers.

  • Mr. EP9

    Yeah sure, whatever VW. They’re all talk and no substance.

  • TheBelltower

    Whatever. Build one of these mythical EV’s. Just one, then we can discuss how the battery will be good for 99,000 miles. BTW, VW’s EV competition already builds battery packs that have shown to exceed 300,000 miles… so there’s that.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Sooooo a third of the lifespan of a typical Toyota, Honda, or Subaru. Right.

  • SteersUright

    Cant the owner just swap the batteries down the line?

    • Wolverine350R

      Not if the rest of the car is worn out at only 100k miles.

  • S3XY

    Really hope they deliver on all this talk.

  • Puddingpopper

    So about one lease cycle or 3 yr or 36k miles

  • headjones

    ….bring it on….

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