BMW Group revealed that it has chosen SB LiMotive to supply it with battery cells for its Megacity Vehicle project. Because of this, BMW Group now has access to the latest in lithium-ion storage technology.
BMW AG’s Chairman of the Board of Management Norbert Reithofer explains that this choice is an important milestone in its goal to have the Megacity Vehicle under serial production. The most important part of an electric vehicle is the battery as it ultimately determines the performance of the vehicle and how far it will run.
By choosing SB LiMotive, he adds, the company has a supplier that offers the best technology in this area as it combines Korean battery know-how with German automotive expertise. This is because SB LiMotive is a 50:50 joint venture between Samsung SDI and Bosch.
With this, they have managed to bring together their expertise in order to make lithium-ion storage cells. Samsung SDI is the leader when it comes to lithium-ion batteries especially in laptops and mobile phones. Samsung SDI has more than proven its capability with millions of products that carry its name.
The problem is that integrating such a battery in an automobile needs to conform to higher standards when it comes to safety, durability, and operational stability. This is where Bosch comes in, with its more than a century of experience.
Chairman of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH Franz Fehrenbach shares that with this agreement, the three companies that are technology leaders in their own fields, have come together to bring about the future of electric vehicles.
Since the company has been chosen to supply the battery cells for the Megacity Vehicle project, it is clear that it will have a large role to play, he adds. Meanwhile according to Samsung SDI CEO Soon Taek Kim, the first objective is to make sure that BMW is supplied with the best battery technology with regards to safety, range, and performance.
The company also wants to show that these types of battery cells are an example of a sustainable product as it can be recycled or reused in other industries once it is used in a car, he continues. By choosing a battery supplier, BMW Group is further highlighting that it is indeed committed to electric mobility.
In addition, BMW Group will also be able to focus more on finding solutions to urban mobility and electric motoring, which is part of its Strategy Number ONE. Currently the first output of this particular project has been the MINI E.
The MINI E is a vehicle that runs on pure electricity and is undergoing a large-scale field test with around 600 vehicles in three major locations: Great Britain, Germany, and the U.S. The results of the field test will have a significant part in developing the serial version of the Megacity Vehicle and that of the battery technology. The serial production of this model is expected to start during the first half of the next decade.