BMW’s newly developed sixth-generation lithium-ion battery cells will be used in the “Neue Klasse” electric vehicle models, set to be released by 2025. Alterations in the cell chemistry include increased nickel and reduced cobalt in the cathode side, and increased silicon content on the anode side. The result is an increase in volumetric energy density of 20% when compared to the previous generation of BMW batteries. Further, the 800 volt platform will mean reduced charging times and increased charging capacity. BMW also claim the new batteries can be produced at around 50% of the fifth generation’s production cost, as well as increase the range of the highest-range EV model by up to 30% by WLTP standards.
As well as performance-based improvements, the German car manufacturer is also focusing on…
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