BMW is possibly one of the most mature brands in electric mobility. While other manufacturers are just taking their first steps on the road, those from Munich have accumulated extensive experience. The BMW i3 has served for many years as a test laboratory for its ever-expanding electric family. A family that in 2025 will debut technologies and developments that will allow it to position itself in terms similar to those of Teslaor at least it is expected.
In recent weeks, various news items have provided a more precise understanding of BMW’s launch strategy for the coming years. The BMW iX1 and the BMW i5 are next on the calendar. With both releases scheduled for next year, neither of them will enjoy the electric revolution that the brand plans for the year 2025. It will be then when the world discovers what it is that has been working for years.
The entire strategy will revolve around a new specific platform for electric cars, called Neue Klasse. The electric BMW 3 Series will be the first to enjoy it, although we still do not know if it will end up being called i3. This platform is being designed to adopt the new electric drives and the new battery formats, this is where another great revolution is expected. BMW has its great objective in Tesla, snatching the leadership of electrification from the American company is a complicated task, although the strategy points to it.
BMW will change the presentation of the next generation of batteries so that they are cheaper to produce and sell. Instead of the usual prismatic cells, the Germans will use round cells. The estimated savings is 30% according to sources familiar with the development. These new batteries will be manufactured by existing BMW partners, although who has not yet been specified. Currently those from Munich have agreements with CATL, EVE Energy, Samsung SDI and Northvolt, but nothing indicates that new actors cannot join this story.
Thanks to that 30% cost savings, BMW thinks of a direct confrontation with Tesla at the level of price and characteristics. Cells represent approximately 80% of the total price of a battery. An improvement in the production process and efficiency can achieve significant savings, although once again it depends on the presence and demand of certain essential materials for the manufacture of batteries. At this point, BMW has been guaranteeing the delivery of materials for the next few years, but in such a changing market, nothing is certain.
Last but not least, sources associated with battery development have estimated that the new cell architecture will deliver higher energy density. A density that, according to BMW, will exceed that of Tesla by at least a percentage greater than 10%., which will allow BMW to offer electric cars with a greater range of autonomy and with a lower production cost. The production already confirmed for 2025 will take place in the Hungarian plant that BMW has in the town of Debrecen.
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