Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW AG)
BMW has been investing in research and development on zero-emission technologies since the 1970s. 2013 took place the market launch for the BMW i3 as a BEV megacity vehicle. Since 2013 the strategy for electrification of the BMW fleet has been successful further developed (on strategic goal is more than 50% share for BEV in 2030).
In 2019 BMW has opened its new Battery Cell Competence Center (BCCC) in Munich. The center will develop new battery cells and production-processes, manufacture them on a prototype scale with in-house cell-testing and -validation.
BCCC is about 12,000 m2 with one third reserved for office space, the rest for laboratories and technical facilities. In the BCCC, BMW wants to be able to cover and analyse the entire spectrum of lithium-ion-battery-cell-technology.
Role and Key Contribution to the Project
As the OEM, BMW will lead the defining of the high-level automotive Li-ion battery-cell specifications and requirements for industrial applications; in particular, energy density, specific energy, calendar and cycle lifetime, real driving profiles, power, cost, fast charging, low temperature performance, safety, sustainability and recyclability. In addition, electrode process-requirements will be defined for sustainable, energy-reduced (carbon dioxide footprint) and green production-processes.
Intelligent accelerated testing and validation protocols will be developed ensuring a transparent, secure, and fast evaluation of the project results vs. requirements.