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February 4, 2019

Volkswagen to use Tesla batteries (in charge stations)

Tesla battery systems will be installed at more than 100 electric vehicle US charging stations this year, Bloomberg reported.

By Olly Wehring

Tesla battery systems will be installed at more than 100 electric vehicle US charging stations this year, Bloomberg reported.

Electrify America, created by Volkswagen as part of a settlement from the automaker's emissions cheating scandal, told Bloomberg on Monday it plans to add the Tesla Powerpack systems at charging stations across the US through 2019. The 210-kilowatt battery systems will each have about about 350 kilowatt-hours of capacity. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed and a Tesla spokesman declined to comment.

Bloomberg also said Tesla was taking steps to enhance the energy systems in its cars. The company agreed to acquire battery-technology company Maxwell Technologies for about US$218m in stock, in a deal also announced on Monday.

Maxwell's lithium-ion capacitors may assist with faster car charging capability.

Electrify America plans to spend $2bn to support of zero emission vehicles in the US, under a court settlement, Bloomberg noted.

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