BMW Brilliance Announces Future Battery Production Plans

1 year ago by Mark Kane 7

Opening of the new BMW Brilliance engine plant and foundry in Shenyang with Oliver Zipse, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production; Olaf Kastner, President and CEO of BMW Group Region China; Yumin Qi, Chief Executive Officer of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd.; Xiaoan Wu, Chairman of BBA; Dr. Anton Heiss, President of BBA; Ilka Horstmeier, Senior Vice President of Production: Engines and Electric Drive Systems; Ralf Hattler, Head of Purchasing and Supplier Network, Drive Trains; as well as representatives of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. and the local government

Opening of the new BMW Brilliance engine plant and foundry in Shenyang with (and get ready for a name barrage), Oliver Zipse, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production; Olaf Kastner, President and CEO of BMW Group Region China; Yumin Qi, Chief Executive Officer of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd.; Xiaoan Wu, Chairman of BBA; Dr. Anton Heiss, President of BBA; Ilka Horstmeier, Senior Vice President of Production: Engines and Electric Drive Systems; Ralf Hattler, Head of Purchasing and Supplier Network, Drive Trains; as well as representatives of Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. and the local government

BMW i3 Battery

BMW i3 Battery

BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) – the Chinese JV between BMW and Brilliance – announced the opening of a new engine plant with a light metal foundry in Shenyang.

“The new location will produce the latest generation of the BMW TwinPower Turbo three and four-cylinder petrol engines and forms part of the BBA production network based in Shenyang in Northeastern China. BBA is a long-standing joint venture between the BMW Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. A total of around 2,000 BBA employees will work at the engine plant over the long term.”

But we are not interested in the internal combustion engines. The thing that attracted our attention is a tiny part of the press release about plans of adding battery production on site:

The future: production of high-voltage batteries

In addition to combustion engines, the new engine plant will also produce high-voltage batteries for future Plug-in Hybrid models. As with the organisation of engine assembly, this project will entail close cooperation between BBA and the BMW Group to ensure knowledge transfer from high-voltage battery production in Germany.”

Sounds like battery pack production will be launched in China, using know-how from Germany where BMW uses Samsung SDI battery cells. Samsung SDI recently opened a lithium-ion cell production site in China, so they would be ready to deliver the cells to BBA (though don’t know if Samsung SDI will be the supplier).

If BMW Brilliance Automotive needs battery pack assembly in China, then that means they must be gearing up for a line-up of plug-ins.

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7 responses to "BMW Brilliance Announces Future Battery Production Plans"

  1. evcarnut says:

    They’re so commited to EV’s That they’re going to produce “ICE” right along side the batteries..In the same plant! My 0 my the dedication they have towards Zer0 Carbon…Now that is Brilliance BMW for you………

  2. Alpha777 says:

    close cooperation between BBA and the BMW Group to ensure knowledge transfer from high-voltage battery production in Germany.”

    Wow. BMW gave away the whole store.

    1. Stimpy says:

      My thoughts too. Does BMW not know the Chinese modus operandi?

    2. jerryd says:

      BMW doesn’t have a store. They buy the cells and just how difficult is to assemble a battery pack?
      Just what in the battery is being transferred?
      BMW has little choice to build, sell plug in vehicles as China regulations make it about the only kind you can get plates for.
      So it is New Fueled Vehicles or close to nothing.

      1. Alpha777 says:

        The chemical mixture, the composition of the anode, etc.

        1. Mutwin Kraus says:

          All that is handled by Samsung SDI, not BMW.

  3. SJC says:

    Right now some car makers choose to buy their batteries, Tesla and Nissan are the exception.
    When the volume gets high enough all can partner and build more plants.