FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group is looking for outside money to help its plan to build up to six battery cell factories in Europe by 2030, CEO Herbert Diess said, adding he was open to listing some of those activities on the stock exchange.
The automaker could not fund these plants alone, Diess said. "We are looking for partnerships," he told analysts after presenting first-quarter results on Thursday.
VW announced in March the battery factories, which are expected to have a capacity of 240 gigawatt hours.
As part of the plan, VW has raised its 20 percent stake in Northvolt and also taken over the Swedish company's stake in a planned battery cell venture in the German city of Salzgitter, which will form the second factory from 2025.
This will be followed by a factory in Spain, France or Portugal in 2026 and a site in Poland, Slovakia or the Czech Republic by 2027. Two more plants will be set up by 2030.
"And I hope that within the next couple of months, we are able to announce the next sites and the next partnerships, even I would not exclude IPOing some of the activities," Diess said.
He said options included entering joint ventures with existing battery cell suppliers and that there was strong interest from other industries and local governments to co-invest in batteries.