BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture to open high-voltage battery facility in China

BMW has opened a new facility for high-voltage batteries in China.

The firm, along with its partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd, yesterday opened its new “High Voltage Battery Centre” in Shenyang.

The new facility will supply the nearby Dandong plant, which is already operated by the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture.

The plant will produce the BMW H5 Series Plug-in Hybrid for the Chinese market, the largest car market in the world.

See also: 

How serious is China about renewable energy?

China's manufacturing indsutry grows at fastest pace in five years

Business Review Asia - October edition 

According to a press release from BMW, Oliver Zipse, BMW’s Board of Management member for production, has stated: “The innovative High-Voltage Battery Centre in Shenyang is an important premier automotive manufacturer in China and already the third in our production network, after Germany and the US… By 2025 we expect our electrified BMW and MINI models to account for 10-15% of global sales. This adds up to several hundred vehicles per year. It therefore makes sense for us to integrate electro-mobility into the existing production system.”

BMW hopes that in addition to producing the batteries for the H5 Series, opening the facility will result in more flexibility to manufacture an increasing number of hybrid and electric vehicles which it will need to do to stay afloat in China, which has announced it will end the sale of petrol and diesel cars in coming years.

China is currently attracting investment in electric vehicles with Tesla having opened a factory in Shanghai and companies including Daimler, Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, Renault-Nissan and GM all having announced joint ventures to produce electric vehicles in China over the past year.

Share

Featured Articles

Welcome to the New Age of the CISO

HE Dr Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government and Dr Aloysius Cheang, Chief Security Officer Huawei UAE, on the new age of the CISO

Making the UAE the world’s strongest digital fortress

His Excellency Dr Mohamed Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security, UAE Government, on visionary plans to build the world’s most secure digital society

World Mental Health Day – 10 apps to improve wellbeing

Employers should recognise the growing use of apps to help support mental health – here are 10 to consider on World Mental Health Day

Exec interview: Brook Sims, COO, MAC Diversity Recruiters

Leadership & Strategy

Best new books that will make you a better leader

Leadership & Strategy

5 Mins With: Jeff Li, founder and CEO of Shoplazza

Leadership & Strategy