BMW further expands battery production in Germany

by John Shepherd
BMW is ramping up EV battery components production. Photo: BMW
BMW is investing €150m (£135m) to expand battery component manufacturing for electric vehicles to another of its car plants in Germany.

BMW said battery cells for high-voltage batteries will be coated at its Regensburg plant from 2021, followed by the launch of high-voltage battery production at the site from 2022.

Coating the cells gives them greater mechanical robustness and better thermal conductivity, BMW said. This allows for improved insulation and cooling of the even more powerful battery cells for the fifth generation of the e-drive.

The Regensburg announcement came just weeks after the group said it would invest more than €100m over the next two years to produce battery modules at its car manufacturing plant in Leipzig, Germany.

'Ramping up'

The Leipzig expansion followed the launch of BMW’s ‘Competence Center’ for e-drive production in Dingolfing, Germany – and the doubling of production capacity for high-voltage batteries at the group’s Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive, in northeast China.

Head of planning and production engines and e-drives, Michael Nikolaides, said: "All of this demonstrates that we are consistently ramping up the production of e-drives.”

In total, the BMW group is investing around €750m across its Dingolfing, Leipzig and Regensburg sites in expanding its production capacity for electrified vehicle drive components by 2022.

Regensburg started production of two electrified models this year, with the plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW X1 and the BMW X2. At the same time, with extensive investments and conversions, the plant aims to be able to "respond flexibly to changing demand for different drive types”.

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