Initially of the third quarter, the BMW Group signed a long-term contract with the Chinese language firm Up to date Amperex Expertise Co. Restricted (CATL) to provide battery cells with a worth of 4 billion euros. The award of this contract was a decisive consider CATL’s resolution to construct a sophisticated battery cell manufacturing facility in Germany. (Earlier submit.)
From 2021 onwards, cells for the BMW iNEXT—which can be manufactured on the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing—can be provided by the brand new CATL plant in Erfurt. The BMW Group has thereby anchored your entire e-mobility worth chain in Germany—from battery cell manufacturing by way of to the completed automobile.
One of many conditions for increasing e-mobility volumes on this scale is the flexibility to effectively handle the extremely sought-after uncooked supplies wanted to fabricate the battery cells. With the intention to guarantee safety of provide, the BMW Group will in future buy particular uncooked supplies similar to cobalt itself, after which make them obtainable to battery cell suppliers—a technique that has already confirmed its value for aluminium and different sources.
As well as, negotiations are being held with suppliers with the goal of concluding long-term agreements for battery uncooked supplies that meet the BMW Group’s sustainability standards.
Moreover, the BMW Group is establishing a joint expertise consortium along with Northvolt and Umicore, thereby taking an additional step to make sure entry to the cell expertise so very important for electrical mobility.
The collaboration will prolong to the event of a whole, sustainable worth chain for battery cells in Europe, together with growth, manufacturing and in the end recycling.
The recycling of battery elements will play a key position: given the sharp rise in demand for battery cells, the consortium’s acknowledged goal is to shut the life-cycle loop of uncooked supplies to the best doable extent with complete recycling.