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The growing e-mobility has increased the demand for lithium ion batteries. Volkswagen Group, BASF, Daimler AG, and Fairphone start cross-industry partnership for sustainable Lithium mining in Chile.

  • The platform aims to facilitate a common understanding of the status quo and jointly develop a shared vision for the future of the Salar de Atacama watershed.
  • The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, commissioned by the companies, will coordinate the partnership seeking to find common ground by building a multi-stakeholder platform among all relevant actors in the Salar watershed – ranging from civil society groups including indigenous communities, government institutions, mining companies and beyond.
  • The World’s largest lithium reserves and large parts of the total production are located in the Salar de Atacama.

The prominent deals and investments by Volkswagen are mentioned below:

March 2021: Due to increasing adoption of electric vehicles, the Volkswagen group intended to work with bp on extending and speeding up the deployment of ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities across Europe. The partnership should give EV drivers greater confidence in being able to access nearby, reliable, quality charging options.

March 2021: For the development of electromobility, Volkswagen’s subsidiary Porsche AG announced to increase its stake in Rimac Automobili from 15 to 24 per cent. The Sveta Nedelja, Croatia, based Rimac designs, develops and manufactures electric hypercars, battery systems and sports car.

Feb 2021: To build a cloud-based Automated Driving Platform (ADP), Volkswagen Group collaborates with Microsoft. The Car.Software Organisation will simplify its development processes on Microsoft Azure to bring automated driving solutions to the Group’s cars even faster.

Nov 2020: The Volkswagen AG’s subsidiary TRATON SE, a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, signed a merger agreement with leading U.S. truck maker Navistar. As per agreement TRATON will become the owner of all of the outstanding common shares of Navistar not already owned by TRATON for approximately $3.7 billion.

Oct 2020: The global automotive manufacturer the Volkswagen announced that the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands are planning to invest in transformation to the e-mobility era and the conversion of plants to e-mobility for Emden, Hanover and Chattanooga plants.

June 2020: Volkswagen Group announced that it is increasing its stake in US battery specialist QuantumScape and making an additional investment of up to US$200 million. The goal is to drive forward the joint development of solid-state battery technology.

May 2020: Volkswagen announced to acquire a 26% stake in battery manufacturer Gotion High-Tech Co., Ltd. for approximately $1 billion, and becoming the company’s largest shareholder.

May 2020: Volkswagen Group in joint venture with the Swedish battery producer Northvolt AB is gaining further momentum. As per deal Volkswagen will erect the buildings and infrastructure for the joint venture’s “Northvolt Zwei” factory that is to produce lithium-ion battery cells, in order to leverage synergies at the Salzgitter site – based on the existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells.

April 2020: Volkswagen Group has announced the production face shield holders by 3D printing. This is part of a joint transnational initiative with Airbus and the 3D printing network “Mobility goes Additive”, which includes about 250 companies. The products developed by Airbus will be used in Spain and will be flown from Hamburg to Madrid by Airbus. There are many other initiatives by Volkswagen Group brands to produce medical products and supplies.

April 2020: World’s leading SUV manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini, the subsidiary of Volkswagen AG announced its plans to involve in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Lamborghini will produce surgical masks and protective medical shields for the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna at its production plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese in collaboration with the University of Bologna.

January 2020: Automobili Lamborghini announced new partnership with The LEGO Group to introduce the first ever Lamborghini super sports car by LEGO Technic, the building system that allows older kids and adults to create more advanced, complex models.

January 2020: Volkswagen AG plans to acquire a 20% stake in Chinese electric vehicle battery maker Guoxuan High-tech Co. The deal will accelerate Volkswagen’s electric vehicle push into the world’s largest auto market.

January 2020: The Volkswagen Group has agreed to acquire remaining shares in diconium, a digital solutions provider. The acquisition of diconium will strengthen the Volkswagen’s capabilities in the field of digital sales solutions. After the completion of the deal, the company will develop a global online sales platform that will allow customers of all Group brands to purchase and manage digital services.

About The Volkswagen Group
Wolfsburg based The Volkswagen Group, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Volkswagen Group comprises of twelve global brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, Lamborghini, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. Each brand has its character and operates as an independent entity on the market. The group offers broad ranges of products, from motorcycles to small cars and luxury vehicles. The Volkswagen Group operates approximately 122 production plants in 20 European countries and 11 countries in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Around 664,496 employees worldwide produce vehicles and work in auto-related services or other fields of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries worldwide.

Volkswagen has always made affordable mobility solutions for millions of people. The company is transforming the mobility system with new electric drive, digital networking, and autonomous driving technology. Towards sustainable driving environment, the R&D team of company emphases on automobile clean, quiet, intelligent, and safe driving experience for future generations.

The Commercial Vehicles Business Area of Volkswagen Group primarily includes the activities of the Automotive Division comprise the development of vehicles and engines, the production and sale of passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, buses, heavy trucks and motorcycles, as well as genuine parts. The partnership between the MAN and Scania vehicle brands is coordinated within the TRATON GROUP. The Power Engineering Business Area of the company includes the large bore diesel engines, turbomachinery, special gear units, propulsion components, and testing systems businesses. The group produces approximately 44,000 vehicles each working day. The Volkswagen Group comprises of two divisions: the Automotive Division and the Financial Services Division. The Automotive Division of the group includes the Passenger Cars, Commercial Vehicles, and Power Engineering business areas.

Besides of auto mobility business, the Volkswagen Group also offers a wide range of financial services, including leasing, dealer and customer financing, banking and insurance activities, and fleet management.

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