As the old saying goes, you can never have too much of a good thing. Well, if you happen to be Volkswagen, then the translation would be, there's no such thing as too many potential battery suppliers. VW has already discussed battery deals with BYD, Sanyo Electric and Toshiba, but either these talks aren't going as planned or the company wants to seek out virtually every option available because now they have turned to the Bosch-Samsung joint venture as well as LG Chem. VW head of brand development, Ulrich Hackenburg, told Bloomberg:
VW plans to start building electric vehicles soon and battery suppliers will have to be chosen. It appears as though the company is leaning towards Japanese suppliers; Hackenburg noted that they "are still a step ahead." Having options for batteries is a good move on the part of VW because it allows the company to choose the best of what's available in the years ahead.We want to keep our options open and see how the different battery systems are developing. Mass-produced battery cells won't be deliverable until about one or two years from now.