Through the NEW AUTO strategy, the Volkswagen Group has made the topics of Battery and Charging its core business. Under the leadership of Board member Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Technology combines activities across the Group within these divisions – thereby playing a key role in the electric mobility strategy. Group Technology’s duties include building up global battery cell production via PowerCo SE, as well as expanding the worldwide quick-charging network through the brands Elli, Electrify America and CAMS.
Group Technology comprises a total of four pillars. In addition to Battery and Charging & Energy, Volkswagen Group Components is a technology supplier of innovative technical components, while Platform Business is responsible for cooperation with external partners such as Ford or Mahindra.
This makes Group Technology a strong driver on the path toward sustainable, future-fit mobility, and opens up new, highly attractive profit pools for the Group.
Group Technology: Volkswagen Group’s „Powerhouse“
The four divisions of Group Technology
In more than 60 plants at 45 sites our colleagues are making an important contribution to the competitive position and future sustainability of the Volkswagen Group, its brands, and products with technical components such as the electric drive, electric motor, gearbox, as well as axles and steering systems.
Group Platform Business
The Volkswagen Group also shares its leading platforms and components with external companies. Its strategic partners include the Ford Motor Company and the Indian automotive manufacturer, Mahindra.
Elli, Electrify America and CAMS, consolidate all Volkswagen Group activities relating to charging infrastructure, smart energy solutions, charging hardware, and charging services. In addition to home chargers and the flexible fast-charging station Flexpole, the division is continuously expanding its charging and energy services such as public charging, green energy, and energy management.
PowerCo SE is responsible for the Group’s global battery activities, and ensures the supply of battery cells for the electric mobility campaign. The high-tech portfolio comprises the standardised cell, which will be used in Group vehicles as of 2025.
In addition, the Battery Center of Excellence also belongs to the division. Amongst other aspects, the CoE’s contribution to the Group strategy includes assuming responsibility for developing battery systems, and supporting suppliers and technology partners.
Battery and Charging
In Europe, Elli already offers customers access to over 600,000 charging points across Europe as a Mobility Service Provider (MSP).
With Electrify America, Volkswagen already operates the largest open charging network in the USA.
In China, Volkswagen is building a total of 17,000 fast-charging points by 2025 via the CAMS joint venture.
PowerCo SE is responsible for the Group’s global battery activities, and ensures the supply of battery cells for the electric mobility campaign.
The Group Technology Management Team
Dipl. Kfm. Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt
Group Board Member Group Technology and CEO Volkswagen Group Components
Dipl. Math. Thomas Eichenberg
Head of Finance Group Technology and Board Member Finance Volkswagen Group Components
Dr. Anika Stappenbeck
Head of Human Resources Group Technology and Board Member Human Resources Volkswagen Group Components
Dr. Ludwig Fazel
Head of Strategy Group Technology and Platform Business and COO Volkswagen Group Components
Head of Procurement Group Technology
Executive Vice President Component, Logistics and Quality of Volkswagen Group China
Head of Quality Group Technology and Volkswagen Group Components
CEO of Elli (Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH) // SVP Charging & Energy Volkswagen Group Components // Chairman of BoD Electrify America
The LinkedIn account of Group Board Member Thomas Schmall contains current articles and insights into key Volkswagen Group Components and Group Technology topics.
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