bigwigs in the automotive industry have begun going about choosing
partners to assist them manufacture their future electric vehicles.
Volkswagen AG is one such company and it has chosen Japanese
electronics giant Toshiba Corporation as its partner in developing
battery systems for its future electric vehicles. These batteries will
have a high specific energy density.
According to Dr Martin Winterkorn the chairman of the board of
management at Volkswagen AG, his company aims to be the first to
provide large-scale production electric vehicles that are affordable
and provide emissions-free motoring.
"Volkswagen is forging ahead with the development of future drive
technologies in many different areas," said Dr Winterkorn. "In order to
further strengthen our position, Volkswagen is investing in the long
term and is offering cooperation projects to other companies. One of
the important components in this context is the cooperation with
Toshiba. I am convinced that this will be a major step forward towards
the development of series production electric vehicles for our
The area in which the two companies and other partners will focus
mostly on is the field of lithium-ion battery technology where much
more research and development work still needs to be done.
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