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BMW Launches EV Battery Factory in China

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Oct. 26, 2017—The BMW Group, in conjunction with its partner, Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd., opened a new “High-Voltage Battery Centre” in Shenyang, China.

The battery factory will supply the nearby Dadong plant, which is operated by the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture and will produce the BMW 5 Series Plug-in Hybrid for the local market.

The BMW Group, comprised of BMW, MINI and Rolls Royce, is integrating its battery factories into the existing international production network. 

“By 2025, we expect our electrified BMW and MINI models to account for between 15 and 25 percent of global sales," said Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for production, "It therefore makes sense for us to integrate electro-mobility into the existing production system.” 

In-house production gives the BMW Group an advantage by securing know-how in new technologies, gaining key systems expertise and leveraging cost benefits.

The company already produces electrified vehicles at ten locations worldwide.

The high-voltage batteries needed for these models come from the BMW Group plants in Dingolfing, Spartanburg and now also Shenyang.

The Dingolfing plant will play a leading role within the network as the center of competence for electric drive systems.

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