BMW invests €200m in battery tech, 400-mile range by 2021
24 November 2017 Tim Pollard
BMW: investing €200m in electric car batteries
The new BMW battery centre due to open in early 2019 in Munich
- New investment in EV batteries
- €200m into battery cell HQ
- Bigger Munich cell, 25 EVs by 2025
BMW continues to push its electric car credentials and today it announced a
new €200 million investment (£178m) over four years in a battery cell
research centre in Munich.
The premium car maker is busy electrifying its whole range and plans to
offer 25 full electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2025. A dozen of those
will be full electric vehicles (EV).
BMW has been an early adopter in the EV scene - the most visible proof being
the Project i cars, including the i3 town car and i8 sports car. It has sold
78,000 electrified cars in the first 10 months of 2017.
Inside BMW’s new battery centre in Munich
Today’s investment will spawn a new ‘battery cell competence centre’ due to
open in early 2019 and illustrated below. It will specialise in the chemical
reactions in battery cells and will create 200 new jobs, according to BMW.
BMW's new battery HQ in Munich, opens in 2019
R&D chief Klaus Fröhlich said: ‘We will be concentrating all our in-house
expertise along the battery-cell value chain at our new high-tech competence
centre. International experts working in the new development labs and
facilities will conduct important research to refine cell chemistry and cell
design. We will focus on further improvements in battery performance,
lifespan, safety, charging and also costs. We will set the benchmark for the
BMW electric car range: rising past 400 miles
BMW said it was busy developing its fifth generation of electric
powertrains, due for launch in 2021, ‘in which interaction between the
electric motor, transmission, power electronics and battery have been
further optimised.’ Full EV range should stretch to 700km (430 miles) on a
Integrating the electric motor, transmission and power electronics into a
single, modular component uses fewer parts and therefore saves costs, the
company added. Nor will electric motors rely so heavily on rare-earth
materials ... electric cars are transforming the car industry ...
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