The joint venture founded by BMW and Brilliance in China has just announced the doubling of its battery production capacity at the Tiexi plant, in order to assemble the fifth generation battery inaugurated by the BMW iX3.
BMW Brilliance Automotive has just announced the doubling of its battery production capacities at its Chinese factory in Tiexi. The joint venture founded by Bmw and Brilliance thus increases the manufacture of batteries intended for electric vehicles in order to respond to the development of the range. This acceleration also corresponds to the entry into production of the fifth generation battery inaugurated by the 100% electric SUV iX3. As part of this industrial evolution, Milan Nedeljkovic, member of the management board of BMW AG in charge of production, underlined that “China is of great importance to the BMW Group, not only as a market but also as a site of production and innovation. Our investments underline our long-term commitment to China. Investments in progress, with the expansion of factories in Tiexi and Dadong. This battery production center will allow us to double our local production of batteries in China ".
75,000 BMW electrified in China
The China is now BMW’s largest market and one of the most advanced in electric mobility. Currently, the group offers five electrified models and marketed 75,000 vehicles of this type in the country. The new all-electric iX3 SUV will be assembled at the Dadong from the end of September and its battery will be produced at Tiexi. This model is particularly important for the firm, since it is the first available in gasoline, 48 V mild-hybrid diesel, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric. Today, these two sites produce more than 530,000 vehicles for the Chinese market and are expected to reach 650,000 units In the coming years.
Fifth generation battery
The entry into production of this battery fifth generation represents a new step in BMW's multi-energy strategy. New battery cell technology internally designed allows adaptation to different segments and vehicle models. Cells designed by the manufacturer but manufactured by external partners. The know-how acquired over the past ten years not only improves performance and the amount of energy stored, but also many important aspects such as sustainability and safety. This new generation uses in particular less cobalt, while presenting a 20% improved electrical density compared to the previous generation. The firm also specifies that it is managing for the first time itself thecobalt and lithium supply, which it supplies to its battery cell producers. Producers who must also respect the contractual obligation to manufacture these cells usinggreen energy.
This fifth generation of battery will also be assembled in Germany, on the site of Dingolfing. In particular, it will equip future BMW iNEXT and i4, which will begin production next year.