Chipmaker Infineon is the newest partner in the Volkswagen Group’s strategic supply chain. Infineon’s energy modules control the electric drive in the Volkswagen Modular Power Drive MEB, which is currently the largest electrification platform in the industry. As part of FAST, Infineon and Volkswagen will also discuss future semiconductor requirements.
“Together with our customers, we want to ensure that electro-mobility becomes a part of everyday life,” said Peter Schiefer, president of the Infineon Automotive Division, in a statement. “Together with Volkswagen we can early identify requirements and create innovations that increase the range of electric vehicles or reduce filling times, for example.”
The Volkswagen Group has announced plans to launch nearly 70 new e-models in the next decade and build 22 million e-vehicles. Most will be based on MEB, including a new ID. families from the Volkswagen brand, as well as the Audi, Seat and Škoda models.
In order to meet the growing demand for energy electronics in the automotive industry and other sectors, Infineon is expanding its production facilities at existing plants in Dresden (Germany) and Kulim (Malaysia). In the coming years, the company also invests 1.6 billion euros in a new and highly efficient semiconductor manufacturing plant in Villach (Austria). The new factory should start working in 2021.