CATL has won a contract from BMW Group for the supply of cylindrical battery cells to power the German carmaker’s NEUE KLASSE electric models starting from 2025.
CATL will deliver to BMW Group the new cylindrical battery cells, which come with a standard diameter of 46 millimeters and will be produced at two of CATL’s future battery plants in China and Europe, each with an annual capacity of up to 20 GWh dedicated to BMW Group.
The BMW eDrive technology — powered by CATL’s round cells — is a major leap in EV technology with regards to energy density, charging speed and range.
CATL will primarily utilize renewable energies and secondary materials for the production of the battery cells. Cobalt and lithium used for the battery cells will be sourced from certified mines.
“CATL is a dedicated partner that values sustainable action just as much as we do. Our two companies will continue to lead the way in the future and are committed to sustainable, environmentally-responsible practices,” Joachim Post, member of the Board of Management of BMW responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network, said.