BMW iNEXT To Get Battery Cells From CATL

NOV 9 2018 BY MARK KANE 28

BMW iNEXT confirmed to use CATL batteries.

The upcoming Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) battery factory in Erfurt, Germany will supply battery cells for the all-electric long-range BMW iNEXT model.

The cells for iNEXT will be produced from 2021, and then assembled into battery packs in the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing.

“At the beginning of the third quarter, the BMW Group signed a long-term contract with the Chinese company Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) to supply battery cells with a value of four billion euros. The award of this contract was a decisive factor in CATL’s decision to build the world’s most advanced battery cell manufacturing facility in Germany. From 2021 onwards, cells for the BMW iNEXT – which will be manufactured at the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing – will be supplied by the new CATL plant in Erfurt. The BMW Group has thereby anchored the entire e-mobility value chain in Germany – from battery cell production through to the finished vehicle.”

iNEXt will not be the only model powered by CATL, as the Chinese manufacturer received an order for €4 billion (€4.5 billion) of batteries. Only €1.5 billion falls on the German facility, while the rest are to be produced in China (where BMW also produces and sell plug-ins – the BMW iX3 is to be produced in China).

The other model which we believe will get CATL cells could be the BMW i4, but the possibilities are endless and BMW probably will pragmatically select various batteries for various models depending on the situation.

The main supplier for the BMW i3/i8 and other models was and still is Samsung SDI.

Categories: BMW

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

28 Comments on "BMW iNEXT To Get Battery Cells From CATL"

newest oldest most voted

That thing is just HIDEOUS


You are so correct sir. It is so beautiful.

Don’t worry I’m sure by the time it comes out in 10 years or so, peoples tastes might change and it might be looking awesome!

Indeed… Let’s hope they make make the production variant more sane. They didn’t with the i3 — but hopefully at *some* point they accept the reality that most EVs buyers don’t want weird-mobiles…

Guess you’re missing the point. The way BMW sees it EVs are for weirdo’s so they are careful to come up with a design language that fits that particular demographic. I3 is a great example of this philosophy, the i4 concept car another example. Basically clown cars for the weirdo types that would buy EVs, makes sense right?

Why do you not mention the IX3 EV which BMW will start selling in 2020? That one looks very much like the gasoline X3 SUV, which BMW sells a lot of.

I don’t think some ICE conversion makes a better point about BMW taking EVs seriously. It probably does though but it does seem to have a hard time finding a design language that actually shows how serious it is. That’s curious because BMW is definitely good at car design.

I got invited to a private study group for iNext more than a year ago. This suv is beautiful in person. They also put a X5 next to it, it makes x5 looked like an old dinosaurs.

$1.5 billion in battery cells in the early 2020s should be good for some 200,000 vehicles or so. We don’t know what time frame the order covers — but presumably a couple of years? Meaning that’s a very unambitious number, even if it’s *only* for the iNext… But then again, that’s no surprise at all, considering that some BMW board members don’t believe they will be selling more then 15% BEVs in 2030…

$1.5 billion might be good for max of 100,000 vehicles, assuming $15,000 battery cost per each. However, in the real world once margins and price adjustments are added in, it is most likely going to be good for not more than 75,000 vehicles.

They are only buying cells, and starting after 2020. I’m assuming price will be 75 kWh average capacity.

Guh, comment got garbled somehow?… Let’s try again:

They are only buying cells, and starting after 2020. I’m assuming price will be 15,000,000 kWh, or some 200,000 vehicles with >75 kWh average capacity.

Nope, garbled again 🙁

Oh, I think I see what the problem is. Third time’s the charm?…

They are only buying cells, and starting after 2020. I’m assuming price will be below $100 per kWh — which should be a pretty safe bet, considering that Tesla hopes to achieve that value at cell level by the end of this year… That means $1.5 billion should be good for >15,000,000 kWh, or some 200,000 vehicles with >75 kWh average capacity.

Ugh. Can we please have some announcements about the Mini? That’s the car that’s meant to be delivered next year, but we still don’t know pack size, composition, range, price. Instead we keep hearing about these butt ugly BMWs four years away. I want to know about imminent butt ugly BMWs!

What happened to the iNext concept car that was low slung, with the reptilian bronze wheels “skins”?

You’re thinking of the i4, which was called the I Vision Dynamics. It is safe to assume that the iNext will get an odd number, like iX5.

How about, build I-series vehicles with more seating, and more range? I would say do a 5-seater with i5 and a 7-seater with i7, but a certain computer chip company might not like that… Also, as evidenced by that one we say a little while ago, a 100kWh battery would give the i3 435 mile range, so a 5-seater would easily do 360 miles and a 7-seater would easily do 325 miles…
BMW could have the highest non-Tesla range of any EV if they did this(I say non-Tesla because the new Roadster is projected to have 621 mile range)

I guess the i4 will be a 5-seater?…

The 100KWh battery they put into an i3 wasn’t production ready. The current state of the art won’t get you even half the density. The batteries in the i3 are exceptionally reliable. I haven’t even lost 0.1 kWh after 2.5 years with one, parked outside in brutal New England winters. I wouldn’t trade that reliability for some flaky new tech just to double range.

Depends how you define “state of the art”. The legacy makers are actually lagging, essentially using several years old technology. Using actual state of the art, fitting something like 80 kWh or so should be perfectly doable.

The real issue is not volumetric density though, but rather gravimetric density. The 100 kWh (or 80 kWh) battery would be considerably more heavier than the stock one. Keeping the weight, they could get something like 55 – 60 kWh with state of the art technology I guess…

They have 42kWh today. To me, the tradeoff is getting that battery to perform impeccably.

You are right in one way about mentioning 55-60kWh. What they really need to be doing is to build cars that can take a couple more modules of the existing cells to get to the 60kWh zone – a car that is a foot longer. Both the Bolt and Kona cross that psychological threshold beyond which range does not matter. The i3 at 42kWh is still a car that needs a backup plan (aka ReX) to cross state lines.

Regarding battery degradation, zero loss in 2 1/2 years is impossible. I suspect the BMS simply hides the real degradation by adjusting the buffer, so usable capacity remains the same.

On the i3, you can enter into expert mode and look up battery Kapa-Max. For me, that hasn’t budged since I bought it in 2016. The Samsung batteries are known to be rock solid in terms of reliability. BMW also puts the batteries into deep sleep when you turn the car off. There are zero vampire losses unlike in a Tesla. I’ve been on a 2 month long trip, leaving the car in freezing temps on my driveway, and the battery only lost 3% when I got back.

Still not buying it. There is no way any Li-Ion battery sees no degradation after a couple hundred cycles (and a couple years of shelf life).

By the end of 2020 – there is a good chance Tesla will be selling upwards of a million vehicles / year (run rate) or close to 1/2 the rate of what BMW is selling globally. (Tesla is basically already outselling BMW in the US with only 3 models!) BMW needs to take a hard look into it’s rear view mirror…..