The BMW Group will invest more than €2 billion ($2.45 billion) between now and 2025 to support the development of a new manufacturing plant, and an accompanying battery assembly facility, in Debrecen, Hungary. The batteries assembled at the new facility will support vehicles built on Neue Klasse – the Group’s forthcoming EV platform. At launch, the OEM expects that its Debrecen plant will cover an area of around 140,000 square meters.
At the Debrecen battery facility, the OEM’s new round battery cells will be assembled into a battery housing system – a metal frame integrated into the vehicle’s underbody. Production on these batteries is expected to commence in 2025, the same year in which BMW is aiming to begin vehicle production at the Debrecen plant. With these batteries, the OEM is ultimately looking to enhance the capabilities of Neue Klasse – targeting a 30% increase in vehicle range, and charging speeds that are up to 30% faster than the previous vehicle generation.
In carrying out these activities, the BMW Group is particularly focused on keeping its carbon footprint and resource consumption for production as low as possible. In the supply chain, cell manufacturers will use cobalt, lithium and nickel that include a small percentage of secondary material (denoting raw materials that are not newly mined, but already in the loop in the production of battery cells). The Debrecen plant will further support the OEM’s sustainability commitments by using green power from renewable energies for battery cell production. At the same time, it will also help BMW achieve its goal to reduce the carbon footprint of its battery cell production practices by up to 60%.