German battery manufacturer Varta will receive €300 million in government funding to research and develop large-format lithium-ion cells. The manufacturer is renowned for its diverse range of Varta batteries that come in many different sizes and specifications. The company offers excellent car batteries, commercial batteries for heavy-duty vehicles, and Varta leisure batteries for caravans and motorhomes.
Another goal of the project is to create around 1,000 new jobs in the Bavarian district of Nördlingen and Ellwangen in Baden Wurttemberg by the end of 2021. The Varta Group expects to grow significantly, with its company already having 4,000 employees.
Varta is part of the first IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest), which was founded to promote research and innovation in the field of battery cells. The battery manufacturer has until the end of 2024 to use the funds.
Varta CEO Herbert Schein is pleased to be part of the IPCEI and stated that the company intends to fast-track the development of the latest generations, improve lithium-ion technology, and introduce brand-new products to the industry.
As the leading maker of car battery products, and small batteries for wireless headphones and hearing aids, Varta hopes to build batteries for much larger devices in the future.
Peter Altmaier, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, said that the establishment of sustainable and innovative battery cell production in the country is one of their top priorities. According to him, staying competitive in the industry, in line with the changes to energy and transport, while continuing to create new jobs, is of utmost importance.
In addition to the subsidies given to Varta, funds were also approved for Umicore, BMW, and BASF. Subsidies were also approved for Opel, which plans to establish cell production in Germany as a part of a battery consortium with Saft.
For years, efforts have been made to establish a battery cell production industry in Europe to reduce dependence on Asian battery makers, who are responsible for a significant portion of the world's battery production.
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