BMW invest $240 million to bring electric car range to 430 miles with new battery cell center

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In Munich today, BMW announced a 200 million euro investment in a new ‘BMW Group Battery Cell Competence Centre’ in order to develop their next generation electric vehicle powertrain.

They will have 200 employees at the new facility working toward the goal to “advance battery cell technology and introduce it into production processes.”

Klaus Fröhlich, member of the BMW AG Board of Management, responsible for Research and Development, commented on the new effort:

 “We will be concentrating all our in-house expertise along the battery-cell value chain at our new high-tech competence centre. International experts working in the new development labs and facilities will conduct important research to refine cell chemistry and cell design. We will focus on further improvements in battery performance, lifespan, safety, charging and also costs. We will set the benchmark for the industry.”

In terms of actual work, BMW says that they will analyze cell design and cell technology, create prototypes of future battery cells, focusing on the chemical composition of the cells, use of different materials, how the cell behaves in critical or extremely cold conditions, charging and rapid-charging behaviour and evaluating cell sizes and forms.

They released images of their current battery cell lab:

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