Porsche is for the first time entering the battery cell market, investing in Customcells and forming a new firm called Cellforce, with the battery cell manufacturer.
As the globe speeds its shift to battery-electric cars, some manufacturers are reviewing how much participation in battery cells they want to have.
Some people prefer the supplier-buyer partnership, while others engage in their own battery cell manufacturing.
Porsche, like its parent company Volkswagen, has in the camp of the latter.
The German carmaker said that it has begun producing battery cells through investment in Customcells, a battery cell producer, and a new joint-venture business named Cellforce, which was formed as a result of the new collaboration.
The battery cell is the combustion chamber of the future. Like a new Porsche subsidiary, the Cellforce Group will be instrumental in driving forward the research, development, production, and sale of high-performance battery cells. This joint venture allows us to position ourselves at the forefront of global competition in developing the most powerful battery cell and make it the link between the unmistakable Porsche driving experience and sustainability. This is how we shape the future of the sports car.According to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume
The focus will be on “high-performance battery cells
The silicon utilized in the anode material and BAS’s high-energy HED NCM cathode materials were among the details revealed about the new cells.
Customcells’ CEO, Torge Thönnessen, stated that the projected manufacturing capacity will be restricted to 100 MWh for the time being
We founded Customcells with the aim of developing customer-specific battery cells for the most demanding of applications, and this is exactly what we can now realize together with Porsche. The goal for the planned production plant is to reach a minimum annual capacity of 100 MWh. This is equivalent to high-performance batteries for 1,000 vehicles.Customcells’ CEO, Torge Thönnessen statement
For the time being, it appears that the cells will only be utilized in high-performance race cars, although Porsche emphasizes that any advancement in motorsports would assist its consumer vehicles as well.