BMW’s battery plant in Germany is now officially into operation

BMW Group has decided to officially start the production of battery components at its plants in Leipzig and Regensburg, Germany.

It is understood that the Leipzig battery plant will start mass production of battery modules in May 2021, and the Regensburg battery plant will begin coating high-voltage battery cells in April 2021. From 2022, the BMW Group’s high-voltage batteries will also be produced in Regensburg.

The BMW Group’s investment in Regensburg and Leipzig alone exceeds 250 million euros (that is, more than 1.945 billion yuan ), and the high-voltage battery components produced will be used in BMW iX and BMW i4. The two battery factories will also provide battery components for other electric vehicles of the BMW Group in the future.

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Currently, the BMW Group’s high-voltage battery production is divided into two stages. First, the lithium-ion battery is plasma cleaned, and the battery is coated by a specially developed system to ensure the best insulation. Next, the battery unit is assembled into a larger module.

The battery module is installed in an aluminum housing along with the connection, control, and cooling device to the vehicle. The size and shape of the aluminum housing and the number of battery modules used vary from vehicle to vehicle.

All high-voltage batteries and battery components required for BMW and MINI electric vehicles come from the company’s own battery plants in Dingolfing, Leipzig, and Regensburg, Germany, as well as battery plants in Spartanburg, USA, and Shenyang, China.

Mr. Ziptzer, Chairman of the BMW Group, once emphasized: “We have a clear route plan. We will resolutely transform the characteristics of electrification, digitalization, and sustainable development brought about by the transformation of the industry into the true competitive advantage of the BMW Group in the future. ”

The BMW Group’s plan is:

  • By the end of 2021, BMW will achieve the world’s largest OTA upgrade;
  • By 2023, BMW will provide at least one pure electric vehicle in approximately 90% of the market segments
  • By 2025, the sales of BMW’s pure electric models will increase by more than 50% year-on-year
  • By 2030, pure electric vehicles will account for at least 50% of global sales;
  • By the early 2030s, MINI will become a purely electric brand.

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