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CATL signs a contract for the supply of new cylindrical elements for BMW

Round-format battery cells will appear in New Class electric models from 2025

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The new round cells, which will have the same diameter of 46 millimeters and two different heights, are expected to increase energy density by more than 20 percent, improve charging speed by up to 30 percent, and increase range by up to 30 percent. To meet the demand for battery cells for the new class, BMW has already secured a double-digit, billion-euro contract with two partners to build battery cell factories: CATL and EVE Energy. Both partners will build two gigafactories each in China and Europe. Each battery plant will have a total annual capacity of up to 20 GWh.

The newly developed sixth generation of our lithium-ion cells will be a huge technological breakthrough that will increase energy density by more than 20 percent, improve charging speed by up to 30 percent and increase range by up to 30 percent. We are also reducing CO2 emissions from battery production by 60 percent

The combination of next-generation BMW architecture and low-carbon, high-performance batteries will help both companies maintain a leading position in the transition to electrification of transport in Europe and around the world, CATL says.

With our cutting-edge technology and diverse product portfolio, we are confident that we can provide the best solution for BMW's next generation of luxury electric vehicles

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