Local for local: BMW expand e-mobility in North America with regional supply chain

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A visualization of the BMW Group Plant Woodruff. Here, high-voltage batteries will be produced to supply the production of fully electric vehicles at nearby BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg. Photo BMW Group Canada

The BMW Group is accelerating its ramp-up of e-mobility and increasingly relying on regional supply chains, in line with the “local for local” principle. 

The company aims to source components like battery cells close to vehicle production and gradually localize the supply chain for primary materials.

New partner to supply primary material for battery cell production

Belgian company Umicore has now been recruited as a further partner for establishing a local supply chain in North America. Umicore will supply the battery cell supplier AESC with cathode active battery materials from a new plant in Ontario, Canada. This is an important step in strengthening the BMW Group’s regional supply chains and securing the ramp-up of e-mobility.

Following the “local for local” principle, the partner AESC is currently building a battery cell factory in Florence, South Carolina. With an initial capacity of 30 GWh/a, the facility will produce innovative cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells specifically developed for the sixth generation of BMW eDrive technology. Electricity for the production of the battery cells and cathode raw material will come exclusively from renewable sources.

“The BMW Group pursues a globally balanced procurement strategy in the three main geographical regions of the world. Our battery cell supplier in the US will source key primary materials from Canada going forward. We are pleased that Canada is playing a strong role in establishing a robust and efficient battery cell supply chain for the BMW Group in North America,” said Joachim Post, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

Performance and sustainability

The new sixth-generation battery format will increase energy density by more than 20 percent and improve charging speed and range by up to 30 percent. 

At the same time, CO2 emissions from cell production will be reduced by up to 60 percent: on the one hand, by cell suppliers relying on energy from renewable resources; on the other, by using a percentage of secondary material for the raw materials lithium, cobalt and nickel.


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Tags : BMW, Sustainability


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