Streetscooter to use BMW i3 battery modules. BMW i's holistic sustainability concepts opens up more and more areas of use.
BMW i battery modules now also drive some of Deutsche Post's fully electric delivery vans, built by Streetscooter GmbH, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Deutsche Post.
The batteries in the vehicles are identical to those used in the current BMW i3 model and help letters and parcels being delivered by the Streetscooters all day long without needing to be recharged during that time. The battery modules for the Streetscooter vehicles are produced in BMW Group's competence centre for electric mobility in Dingolfing.
Earlier in 2017 BMW i had already announced a cooperation with Torqeedo, the worldwide leading manufacturer of electric boat engines. The company also uses BMW i3's high-voltage batteries.
BMW i battery technology thus provides ever more walks of life with environmentally friendly and silent electric drives. "We see the decision to use BMW i battery modules for the Streetscooter as further evidence that we can build the drive systems of the future without any need for compromise on robustness, innovation and sustainability", explains Dr Alexander Kotouc, Head of Product Management BMW i. "This successful transfer of cutting-edge automotive technology to the demanding environment of letter and parcel delivery is testament to the vision and multi-purpose approach of the BMW i concept."
Professor Achim Kampker, CEO of Streetscooter GmbH, adds: "The BMW i3 high-voltage modules are renowned for their exceptional reliability and performance in electric cars. They enable us to use the latest electric drive technology and integrated energy management systems in the demanding delivery and distribution sector."
The BMW Group develops and assembles high-voltage batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in-house. The lithium-ion battery created for the BMW i3 comprises eight modules, each containing 12 cells and has a total capacity of 33 kilowatt hours; the modules are compact and light. The battery management system, including connectors, cables, sensors and the heating and cooling system have also been developed specifically for BMW i.