Munich. The BMW Group is building on a leading
position in a universe of electric mobility and has pooled a many
years of believe with battery cells and endless believe in the
margin in a new Competence Centre. The purpose of a trickery in
Munich is to allege battery dungeon record and delicately disintegrate the
prolongation processes. “The new Battery Cell Competence Centre puts us
in an enviable position,” pronounced Oliver Zipse, Chairman of a Board of
Management of BMW AG. “Taking a record now in a BMW i3
as a basis, by 2030 we will be means to double a appetite firmness of
a battery cells – and therefore also a handling operation of the
vehicles for a customers.”
The BMW Group currently presented a new high-tech Competence Centre to
media member from around a universe in a participation of
Bavarian state premier Dr Markus Söder, divulgence state-of-the-art
labs, investigate comforts and antecedent systems.
And Zipse continued: “Battery dungeon record is a pivotal success factor
in a electric car offensive, as it influences both operational
opening and battery costs. Our peerless imagination via the
value sequence ensures we are always during a slicing corner of technology.
We can mention a accurate formats we wish to procure, as good as the
materials and a conditions involved. As a result, we are ideally
positioned to expostulate brazen a rollout of a electrified vehicles.”
The new Competence Centre maps a whole value sequence of battery cell
record – from investigate and growth to a cell’s combination and
design, and a temperament for large-scale manufacture. The facility
brings together a full extent of a company’s imagination and lays
a foundations for adding to it. The brief distances and
cross-functional partnership during work here will capacitate complete,
pure and tolerable growth of battery cells. Here, it is
critical that care is given to a emanate of recycling from
The BMW Group is investing a sum of € 200 million in a Competence
Centre and employees 200 people here. With this investment, the
association is origination a matter technologically though also safeguarding
jobs and pivotal skills. The association is operative together with its
employees to conclude a destiny of electric mobility during a BMW Group.
“The Joint Works Council has been committed to a Battery Cell
Competence Centre from a outset,” pronounced Stefan Schmid, Deputy
Chairman of a Joint Works Council during BMW AG. “The employee
member during a BMW Group are actively concerned in shaping
these future-focused areas of a automotive industry, with a aim of
building a specific imagination of a employees within a company
– and in so doing securing jobs for a prolonged tenure during a process
Materials growth during a base of dungeon development
The BMW Group is building destiny generations of battery cells at
a new Competence Centre, focusing on customer-relevant aspects, such
as improving appetite density, accessible arise output, use life,
safety, charging characteristics and opening during varying
temperatures, and shortening battery costs. The BMW Group’s aim of
building a best battery cells for a models was formulated with
these specifications during a forefront, reflecting a company’s
joining to giving electrified car owners a really best cells
for a car judgment during hand.
Selecting a right materials from a commencement is essential if these
high standards are to be met. For this reason, a experts during the
Competence Centre are constantly questioning innovative materials
and evenly comparing them with one another. This leads to the
origination of new element sets for a battery cell’s individual
elements: a anode, cathode, electrolyte and separator. The approach in
that a several materials correlate – a dungeon chemistry, in other
difference – is another elemental cause in a enlargement of a dungeon design.
To pledge entrance to a latest developments and believe during all
times, a BMW Group works together with eminent worldwide partners
via a value chain. These partners operation from scientific
institutions and universities to determined companies and start-ups.
And that enables a association to acquire know-how, ensures it is not
contingent on sole developments and means it can emanate synergies
and eventually digest growth times. Working with a network of
partners allows a BMW Group to connect a in-depth
bargain of this cutting-edge record and feat the
intensity and opportunities of destiny innovations.
Cutting-edge laboratory and methodical equipment
Experts from around a universe in a new growth laboratories and
comforts are essay to raise a chemical combination and design
of battery cells. Simulation and chemical investigate are aiding cell
growth from a word go.
The BMW Group has been analysing battery cells given 2008, allowing
it to pull on many years of believe and, as a result, extensive
imagination in a field. The laboratory during a new Competence Centre
boasts a state-of-the-art record and methodology indispensable to
serve enhance a company’s knowledge, guard trends for a battery
cells of a destiny and play an active purpose in moulding developments.
The laboratory has been producing internally grown exam cells in
tiny formats for some years already with a aim of identifying the
ideal dungeon structure from a innumerable materials and variants. Great
value is placed here on minimising a quantities of element used
while optimising their properties. If a dungeon passes a initial
continuance and charging poise tests, it is subjected to further
contrast in a incomparable format. An whole contrast gymnasium is on palm for this
purpose and enables a far-reaching accumulation of exam types. The experts are also
means to make use of an in-house reserve lab, where a battery cells’
robustness can be investigated underneath impassioned conditions. In this way,
a BMW Group is means to say a same high standards of safety
notwithstanding augmenting appetite densities and faster charging capabilities.
A tolerable and arguable supply trail until 2025 and beyond
Sustainability and supply trustworthiness are pivotal factors in a ongoing
enlargement of electric mobility. For a BMW Group’s procurement
specialists, arguable prolongation and estimate of tender materials begins
during a really start of a value chain, that is because they closely
scrutinize a battery dungeon supply bondage – all a approach behind to the
mines from that a materials are sourced. Complying with
environmental standards and respecting tellurian rights take tip priority.
The BMW Group publishes an benefaction list of a countries of origin
for cobalt on a website (see: https://www.bmwgroup.com/content/dam/grpw/websites/bmwgroup_com/responsibility/downloads/en/2019/BMW%20Group%20Sorgfaltspflicht%20bei%20der%20Lieferantenauswahl_EN.pdf ).
The association has also restructured a supply bondage for a upcoming
fifth era of high-voltage batteries and will start direct
buying of cobalt and lithium for battery cells in 2020. This
ensures finish clarity per a start of these dual vital
tender materials for batteries. Added to which, a applicable agreements
pledge a arguable supply of these materials until 2025 and beyond.
In future, cobalt will be sourced directly from mines in Australia and
Morocco, and lithium from countries including Australia.
Manufacturing record of a future
The BMW Group is also holding stairs to safeguard that destiny generations
of battery cells can be made on a vast scale. The Competence
Centre offers both ideal altogether conditions and high-quality
prolongation comforts adapting to a attention standards of
determined dungeon manufacturers. New prolongation technologies have been
integrated here, temperament in mind a significance of coherence with
dungeon format in sequence to emanate larger range for incorporating
Manufacturing battery dungeon prototypes enables full investigate and
bargain of a value sequence processes for a cells. Adding the
BMW Group’s in-house prolongation imagination to a equation means the
association can elect a specific chemical composition, resource and
pattern for battery cells. In future, a BMW Group will be in a
position to capacitate intensity suppliers to make cells in
suitability with a sole requirements.
Batteries that are no longer fit for vehicles can be reused in
still appetite storage systems, assisting to confederate renewable
appetite into a open appetite grid, boost grid fortitude and lower
appetite costs for consumers. The BMW Group has launched several major
innovations with this in mind. The association is also regulating battery
storage systems to usually optimise appetite supply during a plants around
For a series of years now, a BMW Group has been posterior a
delicately recognised recycling process for battery cells in batteries
that can no longer be used as still storage inclination either.
Viable recycling techniques have been grown with partners during
and given a growth of a BMW i3. These and other recycling
methods are now being upscaled for industrial applications. Again, the
association has teamed adult with partners for a pursuit during hand. The aim is to
grasp a recycling rate in additional of 90 per cent. When conceptualizing the
battery cells, a BMW Group sets out to safeguard that it will be
probable to recycle them well during a after stage.
The Battery Cell Competence Centre will capacitate a BMW Group to build
even greater expertise in a recycling of batteries and to work even
some-more greatly on recycling techniques that lend themselves to use on
an industrial scale.
In an bid to serve boost recycling rates, a association is
constantly trialling recycling concepts for new car components in
a recycling and dismantling centre. In addition, a BMW Group is
collaborating with investigate institutes and suppliers to expostulate the
doing of new liberation technologies for materials that will be
used some-more mostly in future.
International prolongation network for electric mobility
The BMW Group has combined a rarely stretchable prolongation network that
can conflict fast to a changing direct for electrified models.
Today, a association already builds electrified vehicles during eleven
plants around a world, and integrates them into a existing
The batteries compulsory for a electrified models come from the
company’s 3 battery factories in Dingolfing (Germany), Spartanburg
(USA) and Shenyang (China). The BMW Group has also located production
of batteries in Thailand as partial of a link-up with a Dräxlmaier
Group. BMW Group Plant Dingolfing plays a heading purpose within the
network as a cunning centre for electric expostulate systems.
Ambitious targets for electrified car sales
The BMW Group is one of a world’s heading suppliers of electrified
cars, with a sum of twelve models in a choice during present. The
association has set transparent targets for sales of a electrified models. In
2021 they should comment for a entertain of all vehicles sole by a BMW
Group in Europe. This figure should arise to one third in 2025 and then
to half of all vehicles sole in Europe in 2030.
In sequence to grasp these targets, a BMW Group will offer a
preference of 25 electrified models from 2023. Providing a platform
for this endeavour are a stretchable car architectures for
all-electric, plug-in hybrid and inner explosion models that allow
a association to conflict quickly to changing circumstances. More than half
of a 25 models will have all-electric expostulate systems.