BMW Breaks Ground On Next Step Of Electric Car Offensive
The battery pack factory, launched in Shenyang, China by BMW Brilliance Automotive at the end of 2017, is going to be expanded.
This relatively small facility will not be able to handle a major shift towards electrification and production of the new all-electric BMW iX3 from 2020 on and BMW already offers six electrified models in China, so there’s work starting now to increase capacity.
To address the expected future demand, the facility will be significantly expanded. The press release doesn’t details battery pack production figures or MWh, but we believe it will become a primary site for BMW’s future EV batteries.
The German manufacturer intends to produce in China its upcoming 5th generation batteries.
“Just seven months after opening its battery factory in China, the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture today laid the foundation for a comprehensive expansion of the plant. At the “High-Voltage Battery Centre Phase II”, BBA will produce the new, more powerful batteries of the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology for the fully-electric BMW iX3. Starting in 2020, the BMW iX3 will be built at the neighbouring BBA plant Dadong.”
“China is the BMW Group’s largest single market and the pacesetter for e-mobility worldwide. With six electrified models currently available, the BMW Group offers Chinese customers the widest range of options in the premium segment. In 2017, the BMW Group more than doubled its sales of electrified vehicles in China from the previous year and expects this growth to continue in 2018. Earlier this year, production of the new BMW 5 Series Plug-in Hybrid got underway at the BBA plant Dadong. Expansion of the battery factory underlines the BMW Group’s commitment to China.”
Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production:
“Today, we break ground for the next stage of our electric model offensive. In this regard, we further increase the capacity of our local battery production. This enables us to follow the increasing demand for electro mobility in China.”