Infineon Technologies is a new partner to the Volkswagen Group’s strategic supplier network, FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks).
The company’s power modules control the electric drive in Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix MEB, which at present is the industry’s largest electrification platform. As part of FAST, Infineon and Volkswagen will discuss future semiconductor requirements.
“Together with our customers, we want to ensure that electro-mobility becomes part of people’s everyday life,” said Peter Schiefer, President of the Automotive Division of Infineon. “Together with Volkswagen, we can identify requirements early on and create innovations that increase the range of electric vehicles or reduce charging times, for example.”
The Volkswagen Group has announced that it aims to launch almost 70 new e-models and build 22 million e-vehicles over the next ten years. Most of them will be based on the MEB, including the new ID. family from the Volkswagen brand, as well as models from Audi, Seat and Škoda.
Further, in order to cater for the growing demand for power electronics in the automotive industry as well as other sectors, Infineon is expanding its production capacities at its existing plants in Dresden (Germany) and Kulim (Malaysia). Over the coming years, the company is also investing 1.6 billion euros in a new and highly efficient factory to produce power semiconductors in Villach (Austria). The new factory is scheduled to go into operation in 2021.