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For the first time, Volkswagen experts succeeded in simulating industrially relevant molecules using a quantum computer.

13 Jun 2018 | International News : Germany

This is especially important for the development of high-performance electric vehicle batteries, as the experts have successfully simulated molecules such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains. Now they are working on more complex chemical compounds. In the long term, they want to simulate the chemical structure of a complete electric vehicle battery on a quantum computer.

Their objective is to develop a 'tailor-made battery', which will be a configurable chemical blueprint that is ready for production. Volkswagen will present its research work connected with quantum computing at the CEBIT technology show in Hanover, 12th to 15th June.

"We are focusing on the modernisation of IT systems throughout the Group," says Martin Hofmann, CIO of the Volkswagen Group. "The objective is to intensify the digitalisation of work processes - to make them simpler, more secure and more efficient and to support new business models. This is why we are combining our core task with the introduction of specific key technologies for Volkswagen. These include the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, as well as quantum computing."
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