BMW has inaugurated a new high-voltage Battery manufacturing facility in collaboration with its local partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd.
The factory in Shenyang will supply the nearby Dadong plant that is itself a BMW Brilliance automotive joint venture. Initial supplies will be for the new BMW 5-series plug-in hybrid for the local market.
This is the third such factory for BMW after its plants in Dingolfing and Spartanburg and brings a volume to the segment that will see the battery plants integrated into BMW’s global supply chain, with the Dingolfing plant serving as a centre of excellence.
Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production: “The innovative High-Voltage Battery Centre in Shenyang is an important step in the BMW Group’s electro-mobility strategy. It is the first battery factory of any premium automotive manufacturer in China and already the third in our production network, after Germany and the US.”
The BMW Group is integrating its battery factories into the existing international production network. Oliver Zipse: “By 2025, we expect our electrified BMW and MINI models to account for between 15 and 25 per cent of global sales. This adds up to several hundred thousand vehicles per year. It therefore makes sense for us to integrate electro-mobility into the existing production system.” Doing so will enable the BMW Group to respond flexibly to demand for electrified models, which it already produces at ten locations around the world. The company plans to hit sales of 100,000 electrified cars this year, with sales through September already topping 68,687 units, which is a growth of 64% over a year ago. These include BMW i, iPerformance and Electric versions of MINI models.
Battery factories typically integrate the Li-ion cells into the battery module that also includes control and cooling circuits in an aluminium shell that then becomes the high-voltage battery for the electrified vehicle. This modular approach allows the factory to make batteries for any future model too.