BMW Electrification: Aims to launch 12 EV models by 2025

BMW Group to establish new battery research facility to advance battery performance



The BMW i Vision Dynamics exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 with a pure electric range of 600km and top speed of 200 km/h. Known as a rival of the Tesla Model S.

This report summarizes the technical presentation "BMW's Electrification Path – Potential and Challenges" given by Mr. Hideki Ogihara of Battery Cell Technology department of BMW AG, during the Battery Japan 2018 event held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center on February 28 ~ March 2, 2018.

In 2013, BMW Group launched its first electric vehicle (EV) "i3", followed by its plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) "i8" in 2014. A total of 100,000 units of EVs and PHVs were sold in 2017 (representing 4% of its total sales volume of 2.5 million units), reaching a cumulative total of 200,000 electrified units by the end of 2017. BMW Group has committed to launching a total of 25 models, 12 EV and 13 PHV models, by 2025. BMW's current lineup consists of a total of 9 electrified models, of which 1 is an EV version and 8 are PHV models.

In addition to the preceding i8, BMW Group has put PHVs on its main models of the 7/5/3 series. MINI and X3 models will also be launched with EV versions in addition to the i3. The lineup will be expanded to 12 models in 2025. The "BMW i Vision Dynamics" to be launched in 2021 will have a range of 600km and a top speed of 200km/h, and the "BMW iNext" will have a range of 700km as well as autonomous driving capabilities. The BMW Group is set to lead E-Mobility in the premium vehicle segment.

The BMW Group currently outsources battery cells and performs the modularization and system integration in-house. However, because the performance of electrified vehicles is defined by the battery's performance, the BWM Group started battery cell development in 2012, and invested 200 million euros in a new battery cell research center, the "BMW Group Battery Cell Competence Centre". The new facility is under construction and is expected to be completed in early 2019. The center aims to realize a range of 600~700km for EVs, and pure electric range of up to 100km for PHVs.

Furthermore, the BMW Group plans to define the target specifications (such as energy density and cost) of the battery cells for 2025 to fill the gaps in current battery performance. Specifically, its development of nickel-rich cathodes and silicon-based anodes was introduced during the presentation.

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