BMW is in no rush to develop and manufacture battery cells directly

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BMW , unlike other manufacturers, including Mercedes and Volkswagen, does not intend, for the moment, < strong> internally develop and produce cells for batteries for use in its electric vehicles (however, it has a small pilot plant for the cells). Currently, the BMW Group relies on external suppliers for battery cells including CATL and Samsung SDI. Furthermore, & egrave; A supply agreement was also signed with Northvolt.

The German company would have the necessary skills to develop the cells but currently it limits itself to the production of the modules and battery packs, letting the cells arrive from its partners. According to Nicolas Peter , CFO of BMW, they have currently secured an adequate supply to their needs for the next few years thanks to the partners we mentioned earlier. However, the manager points out that it is not; still unclear what it will be; the battery technology that will be used over the next few years.

We are not yet at the point where we can say which technology will accompany us. for the next 10-15 years. This is why & eacute; & egrave; important to invest a lot of resources with partners in battery cell development.

Just the uncertainty in technology of the batteries & egrave; the main reason why BMW does not yet intend to develop and manufacture battery cells directly, preferring to invest in its partners. In this regard, we recall the investment in Solid Power for the creation of solid state cells. Probably, once the battery technology will have; made further steps, the German manufacturer could decide to directly produce the cells for its electric.

This is a very different position from that held by other manufacturers who, on the other hand, are internally developing cells for their cars that will be produced through new factories built specifically for this purpose. However, even if BMW is cautious on the subject of batteries, the German manufacturer is carrying out careful development work on electric motors. The latest generation can be found, for example, on the new BMW iX SUV that we had the opportunity to test recently.

WELL ELECTRIFIED IN 2021

In 2021, electrified models accounted for 13% of the BMW and MINI vehicles sold worldwide, for a total of 328,316 units & agrave; (+ 70.4%). In Europe more by 23% (225,415 units & agrave;). Sales of fully electric vehicles are more & ugrave; you double to 103,855 units. The electrification project of the German group is therefore progressing positively and in 2022 several new very interesting 100% electric models will arrive on the market.

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