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Volkswagen Is Looking at Making Its Own Batteries in North America

  • In-house production could help ease shortages, executive says
  • Carmaker to decide on US battery-plant site by end of year

Volkswagen AG is considering setting up an in-house battery cell manufacturing operation in North America, similar to what it’s doing in Germany.

The goal would be to ease a coming battery shortage by supplementing suppliers with its own production, according to Johan De Nysschen, chief operating officer of Volkswagen of America. The board is still weighing the idea, and no final decision has been made.