The BMW Group has launched a new Competence Center in Munich to advance battery cell technology and introduce the same into its production processes.
The $236 million center – set to open in early 2019 – will continue to focus on the German automaker’s electro-mobility strategy.
Scientists at the center will be tasked with analyzing cell design and cell technology. They will also create prototypes of future battery cells, focusing on the chemical composition of the cells, use of different materials, how the cell behaves in critical or extremely cold conditions, charging and rapid-charging behavior and evaluating cell sizes and forms.
The BMW Group will also gain build-to-print expertise and can then contract out production of battery cells produced to its exact product requirements and specifications.
This core competence – which covers the entire value chain from selection of materials, cell design, integration into battery systems, manufacturability and production technologies – gives the company a definite competitive edge, while leveraging cost benefits and economies of scale.
The BMW Group has already completed years of research into battery cells and acquired a high level of evaluation competence, especially through the development of the BMW i models.
The company will concentrate know-how from various specialist departments and locations at the new Battery Cell Competence Center and step up its efforts in this area to achieve faster impact.
Research findings will be incorporated directly into the latest battery generation, BMW stated in a press release.
The BMW Group is already developing the fifth generation of its electric drivetrain, for release in 2021, in which interaction between the electric motor, transmission, power electronics and battery have been further optimized.
The German automaker has so far delivered a total of 78,096 BMW i, BMW iPerformance and electrified MINI vehicles to customers worldwide between January and the end of October – an increase of 63.7% from the previous year.
With nine electrified cars currently available, the company is well on track to sell 100,000 electrified vehicles globally by the end of this year.
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