Battery development is; important to improve some key features of electric cars such as range and charging. For this reason, the BMW Group has decided to invest 170 million euros to open a new research center dedicated to batteries. We are talking about the Cell Manufacturing Competence Center (CMCC) in Parsdorf, outside Munich, which will be; officially inaugurated next fall.
Inside this research center, the German Group will demonstrate; the feasibility; industry of future generations of high-performance batteries. More specifically, it will be; set up a pilot production line that will allow & agrave; to analyze and evaluate the production processes of the new cells with the aim of helping future suppliers to produce cells according to the specifications necessary for their cars. However, BMW intends to continue to rely on external companies for the supply of batteries. For the moment I will not build; directly factories as, instead, other automotive groups are doing.
About 80 people will work inside the new Cell Manufacturing Competence Center. Due to the complex technologies involved, the production of the battery cells will take place; started in pi & ugrave; stages, with the expected start in autumn. According to BMW it will take & agrave; about a year to complete cell production.
This research center will cover a very important role for the electrification plans of the German Group because & eacute; the cells that will be tested will be those that will find their place in the battery packs installed inside the future cars that will rest on the new Neue Klasse platform.
BMW's objectives are to significantly increase the density; energy and, at the same time, to reduce production costs. Markus Fallb & ouml; hmer , Head of Production Engines, E-Drives of the BMW Group, commented:
The CMCC will enable us & agrave; to complement our know-how along the entire value chain, from developing battery cells to manufacturing powertrain modules and components to installing fully assembled high voltage batteries at our vehicle plants.
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