BMW ups battery cell order, plans recyclable car for 2040

BMW plans to still be in business into 2040. This is good news. At the Munich Motor Show (IAA) this week, it showed off its circular concept car, which it says is fully recyclable. This increased its order for battery cells from €12 billion to €20 billion. Currently, the battery cells for its future electric cars will be supplied by CATL, EVE Energy, SK Innovation and Northvolt.

According to Electricity, BMW CEO Oliver Gipsey told press this week that battery cells will power the i4, iX SUV and other electric models coming from BMW such as the electric 5 Series sedans and electric versions of the X1 by 2024. “We are following the market,” he said. “The first half of the year showed that we are growing and gaining market share. We are in the midst of electrification.” According to Gipsy, BMW plans to start switching to the new generation of batteries from next year. However, there are no technical details about those next generation cells.

electrive Report EVE Energy is a Chinese company that specializes in the development and production of LFP cells. In May, there were rumors that it could become Tesla’s second LFP cell supplier after CATL. In addition, EVE Energy is reportedly collaborating with Israeli company Storedot to bring its fast-charging “XFC flash battery” with silicon-dominant anode to series production by 2024.

StoreDot 4680 Cylindrical cells. credit: storedot

by coincidence, Times of Israel Reported today that Storedot claims it has created the “world’s first” silicon-dominant battery prototype capable of recharging in just 10 minutes, which it says will be ready for mass production in 2024. 10 minutes of charging time is the holy grail of battery researchers, but here’s the interesting part: The company’s prototypes use the 4680 format preferred by Tesla. Storedot says it will also offer its XPC flash battery in pouch cell format and is in talks with several global automakers.

bmw circular concept

Courtesy of BMW

The following is what Alex Trebek used to call the “Visual Daily Double”. At the Munich Motor Show (IAA) this week, BMW revealed the circular concept, which the company thinks the cars of the future might look like. Details are few (in fact they don’t exist) except that the car is intended for production in 2040 and is designed to be 100% recyclable. It embodies the three principles of circular economy – reduce, reuse and recycle.

Spoke with BMW’s design chief Domagoj Ducek (who is responsible for those outrageously large nostrils on the iX) designboom about the concept. He explained, “A sustainable car can’t just be about reducing, reusing and recycle materials. It also needs to build, rethink manufacturing processes and look at the wishes of our suppliers as well as customers. Is.”

The company says the Circular “defines a clean mono-volume that is unbroken from front to rear. Its soaring roofline and forward-sloping cowl panel add dynamism to the silhouette. Underneath the tailgate at the rear, a The sculpted surface carries forward this impression with a striking horizontal motion. Instead the body made of light-gold anodized secondary aluminum is left without a paint finish. This cool appearance is more animated, achieved from heat-treated steel. The rich blue interacts with the purple.”

“BMW has to be iconic, cool and vibrant,” says Ducek. This is the way to increase the life cycle of the car. The exterior aims to be timeless so that it can be considered fresh for more than a decade. To do this, we need to balance minimalism with expression. It’s all about organic, rounded proportions without styling lines that can go out of fashion relatively quickly. “

Courtesy of BMW

Courtesy of BMW

Like everything, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Electric cars all follow certain design idioms, mainly because aerodynamic efficiency is a key factor in determining how far they can go on a single charge. We will leave it to our readers to decide whether the circular tickles their fancy or not.

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