The Bavarian carmakers wants to centralise its battery cell competence in a new centre in Munich and has just broken ground. Officially called BMW Group Battery Cell Competence Centre, it is to drive battery cell innovation starting in 2019 and to introduce hi-tech production processes.
BMW will invest 200m euros over the next four years and will employ 200 international experts working to refine cell chemistry and design. The aim is to have prototypes adding up to “build-to-print expertise (so) we can enable potential suppliers to produce cells to our specifications,” explains Oliver Zipse, board member responsible for Production.
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