Porsche is serious about electric vehicles and wants to become even more competitive in the segment. To do so, the German marque recently took a big step towards an EV future by investing in a factory for high-performance battery cells. Specifically, Porsche is investing a “high double-digit million amount” in the new company Cellforce Group GmbH as part of a joint venture with Customcells, a German developer of custom battery cell solutions.
The automaker plans to have a state-of-the-art, in-house battery cell factory for their high-performance EVs. According to the automaker, having their own high-performance battery cell factory will help distinguish Porsche from other EV manufacturers by having battery cells with better performance compared to those conventionally available on the market.
“The battery cell is the combustion chamber of the future. As a new Porsche subsidiary, the Cellforce Group will be instrumental in driving forward the research, development, production, and sale of high-performance battery cells,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche.
Porsche didn't go into the specifics on how their high-performance battery cells will differ from others. But, they did say it will partner with chemical company BASF as a cell development partner for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. Porsche adds it will also be first tested in the most competitive of environments – motorsports.
The new battery will use silicon as the anode material, which Porsche says will significantly offer higher power density compared to current series batteries. It can also offer the same energy content in a smaller package. The use of silicone also improves their capacity to withstand high temperatures, another factor valued in motorsports.
Considering how new their battery cell tech is, Porsche says that performance at sub-zero temperatures and longevity has “yet to be achieved with this new technology”. With that, it might be a while before we see the marque's new battery tech make its way onto standard road-going EV models from Porsche.
“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,” adds Blume.
The future of Porsche's EVs sure is exciting.