30 Jun '15, 1am

#VW 'close to battery breakthrough' next-gen e-Golf to get 300km range #batteryelectriccar

Volkswagen is closing in on a new battery technology that will bring “a quantum leap for the electric car”, according to the firm’s boss Martin Winterkorn. Winterkorn told German tabloid newspaper Bild, "VW is researching a super-battery in Silicon Valley in California, that is cheaper, smaller and more powerful. An electric Volkswagen that can travel 300km (186 miles) on electricity is in sight. It will be a quantum leap for the electric car.” As we reported back in December, VW acquired a 5% holding in QuantumScape , a San Jose-based early-stage battery startup that has been working on commercializing solid-state battery technology from Stanford University. Volkswagen was due to decide in the first half of this year whether QuantumScape's battery technology is ready for use in its electric cars.

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