BMW Group Produces Battery Cell Samples in Parsdorf​

A woman holds a prototype of MW Group's new battery cells. The room is dark aside from a blue platform below the cell.

A small but crucial piece of the future is now rolling off the production line in Parsdorf. The new battery cell samples, which will be use in Neue Klasse models from 2025 onwards, are being produced at the new Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre (CMCC) in Parsdorf and will be cylinder shaped, measure 95 millimetres tall, and have a diameter of 46 millimetres. The BMW Group is now positioning itself to increase its electromobility efficiently and showcasing its leading role in battery cell technology.

The CMCC will allow the BMW Group to span the whole cell value creation process by setting benchmarks for production, quality, performance, costs, and environmental standards which it is implementing in cooperation with its partners for the standard production of battery cells. There are also battery competence centres in Munich and Parsdorf where the BMW Group is pursuing future development and growth such as the ramp-up of the sixth generation of BMW electric drive trains and the development of all-solid-state batteries (ASSB).

Raw materials are one of the most significant cost factors for producing these cells and the efficient and responsible use of raw and carrier materials is necessary. Residual materials from the process will be collected at the CMCC, sorted, and then fed back into the cell production cycle which will reduce the amount of waste produced. This is being used in conjunction with the focus of BMW Group experts on reusing materials and components from the whole battery after its initial use in the vehicle.

“With the Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre, we are strengthening Germany’s capacity for innovation,” explained Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production. “In this way, we are making an important contribution to the quantum leap in technology in the Neue Klasse.”

“Production of battery cell samples in Parsdorf marks the next logical step in our battery cell strategy,” said Frank Weber, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development. “The Cell Manufacturing Competence Centre is the perfect complement to our existing Battery Cell Competence Centre in the north of Munich. Development takes place there, then we scale the best product towards a series process in Parsdorf. Thanks to cross-divisional collaboration, we are able to link product and process in a unique way.”