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Electric mobility : battery cell production at Ford Cologne

A new German battery cell production could be located in North Rhine-Westphalia. The potential Investor Günther Schuh Professor at RWTH Aachen and head of the E-car manufacturer, e. GO, estimates that the chances of that as well, when it comes to the expertise and the industrial Partner. Now only "the policy had to offset by a certain amount of promotion of our location and size disadvantages compared to the more established Asian producers", such as Shoe said in an Interview with the daily mirror. (The whole Interview can be read in the "daily mirror Backround")

Although a site in the brown coal regions to be politically desirable, would Shoe to build up the production at an existing industrial site. The go faster and is cheaper for them. "My favorite is the Ford-Werke in Cologne-Niehl. Since the whole infrastructure is in place already.“

e. GO-boss and his partners from the industry, a battery cell production with a capacity of one gigawatt-hour per year, in the first stage, want to build. In view of the advances in battery technology, it makes sense to build in the first step, a slightly smaller factory. In addition, the Production ramp-up is extremely demanding. "You produced the first two years of mainly Committee. But I have to produce to the Committee in a big way,“ said Shoe.

When he and his Partner would start with an Eight-gigawatt-hours-factory, you would need about 1.2 billion euros. If the state were to shoot in the best case, funding of 500 million euros, would it still be a consortium that could provide 700 million euros. "I don't see it. At one gigawatt hour of the consortium has to cope with 150 to 170 million euros, which I think is realistic.“

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This is Shoe time plan: by the end of 2019, it could start with the equipment of the halls. Then it will need a further two years, to build and to get approved. And again, two years are necessary, to the factory produced with little waste. So 2024 would reach the capacity of one gigawatt-hour. "This shows how urgent it is to decide soon," said the entrepreneur. "Even Tesla and Panasonic have taken two years to get the production of an already known cell is stable."

As a possible Partner of the e. GO-in-chief called the battery manufacturer BMZ, as well as the car manufacturer Ford and VW. Volkswagen does not belong, although, as yet, to the consortium. The wolf Burger "but now, in the conversation, because you are negotiating with Ford about a cooperation in the field of electric mobility". In spite of this possible cooperation, Ford was interested and still very keen to get the cell production in its plant in Cologne-Niehl.

BMZ is fixed in the boat. The company is working already with the Asian cell manufacturers and have the Expertise and the customer for the batteries. His company street scooter and e. GO would have done many years of good experience with BMZ. The consortium's other Partner, should not he give but.

The planned factory will produce, starting in 2024 for the BMZ-customers, for Ford, for street scooters and e. GO. "The one gigawatt hour could I lose weight with e. GO alone. But you should never by a factory depending on,“ said Shoe. All the partners were to take a 20 to 30 percent of their respective requirements of this factory. In photovoltaics, we have seen that there is politically determined markets at dumping prices. "You can go." This is why it's good to have some solid supply to have relationships. "That has made Tesla with its Gigafactory smart."

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