BMW in UK projects for long range and fast charging EV batteries

August 18, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
BMW in £26m UK project for long range EV battery packs
The latest electric vehicle projects in the UK include long range and fast charging batteries and commercialising the REE platform

BMW is leading a £26m project in the UK to develop long range batterypacks for its electric vehicles.

The project aims to develop BMW Group’s largest battery pack to deliver superior performance at competitive costs and will further develop electric vehicle technology, enabling enhanced performance and emission savings. BMW are working with their suppliers and partners to drive sustainability through every aspect of their production process and the vehicle lifecycle.

The project include £12m from the latest round of projects from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

“This is a really exciting opportunity to collaborate with world leading companies to develop high tech battery technology. It strengthens our UK partner base and safeguards and extends our research and design centre,” aid Andreas Loehrke, Head of Research and Design for BMW Motorsport Ltd. UK.

This is one of four projects from APC18, totalling £90m.  

BMW is also part of a separate £9.7m project aims to develop ultra-fast charging battery cell and pack for electric and fuel cell hybrid vehicles to accelerate their market acceptance by addressing consumer concerns over charge time. The technology being developed by project CELERITAS and led by Sprint Power in Birmingham is targeting a typical BEV to be charged in 12 minutes and for fuel cell vehicles, will enable a fast response battery pack to facilitate an optimised fuel cell system saving size and mass of the system and providing a significant improvement to the overall vehicle efficiency.

CELERITAS will also develop the UK supply chain to allow UK battery electric-vehicle and mild-hybrid electric vehicle manufacturers to achieve post-Brexit requirements of more than 50 percent parts sourced from UK suppliers within three years. This will use a 2170 format NCA lithium ion cell from AMTE Power and s well as MW theproject includes the Clas-SiC Wafer Fab in Scotland. 

“As we move steadily towards the UK’s ban


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