Electromobility is especially important in urban settings, where it can improve air quality. With electric ranges of up to 80 km, BMW’s PHEV models can manage most commutes without the help of a combustion engine, and, thanks to the latest battery cell technology, range will only continue to increase. At a time when more and more cities are considering so-called “low emission zones”, the BMW Group is making another important contribution to boost electromobility and make it even more attractive – with BMW eDrive Zones, a digital service that is the only one of its kind worldwide.
The BMW Group has been producing high-voltage batteries for our fully-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids for a long time. We have also been focusing a great deal on battery cells for over 10 years, to ensure we have the same level of knowledge as established cell manufacturers. This article explains the difference between a battery cell and a high-voltage battery, and outlines the six steps that go into building battery cell prototypes at our new Battery Cell Competence Centre. We have pooled all our knowledge and know-how in this area at this one location.
Daniela Bohlinger is responsible for sustainable design at the BMW Group. She talks to young people attending TEDxMünchen at the BMW Welt Future Forum about topics like how the stroke of a pen in the design phase can affect a vehicle’s future carbon footprint.