It was bound to happen at some point, right?



BMW just announced that it'll open its first-ever research facility in Southeast Asia.

Why has it taken so long for BMW to join the Asian action?  Who knows, but with Asia leading the world in production of most of the vital components for plug-in vehicles, German automaker BMW could wait no longer.

BMW has teamed up with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to launch what the automaker calls its Future Mobility Research Lab.

Work at the lab will focus on "key areas relating to future transportation, which includes advanced battery materials for electric vehicles, human-machine interfaces, and mobility patterns and concepts."

The study of "mobility patterns and concepts" focused on "consumer behavior" in "mobility offerings for mega-cities" might be interesting (probably not), but it's the "advanced battery material research"..."especially in the area of electric vehicles" that has us wondering what BMW might have up its sleeves.  In relation to this, BMW only says that its looking to "find solutions to key transport requirements in the most sustainable way possible."

Meanwhile, NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson says more than 70% of the world’s population is expected to flock to global megacities by 2050, so mobility research and the development of battery technology, as well as suitable electric vehicles, will surely be a necessity.

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