Why BMW really decided to make batteries in the US
BMW announced that they will build and sell the first all-electric battery pack for a vehicle in the US. The battery pack for the i3 will be built in Tennessee, which means BMW will take a small part of the electric car market into their own hands. On top of that, BMW will also produce the lithium-ion chemistries on site.
The goal of the i3 battery pack manufacturer is to use the battery pack to provide a substantial portion of the total energy storage for the vehicle. With the i3 battery pack in place, BMW wants to save on the cost of the entire vehicle, and to provide a more sustainable solution for their customers.
As far as the technology goes, the i3 battery pack is unique. It will be able to generate a maximum of 60 kW, or 60 mpg on a full charge. They are promising that the battery pack will start out full, and can be filled up in between 100 and 200 miles of driving. With that in mind, the i3 battery pack is a huge step forward in bringing electric cars to customers.
But there is one thing that is missing in the electric vehicle world, and that is a dedicated electric car charger. They know that bringing electric cars to customers is going to be a costly endeavor, and so they are planning to use a similar type of charger to the ones found in gas cars, and make the charger into an integrated system with the i2 and the i3.
The i3 battery pack will be manufactured in Tennessee; however, they will need to make the necessary changes to it, so BMW will have to build their own manufacturing facility. That sounds crazy to me, but since this technology is still in its infancy, it is also the reason why we’re starting to see some of the most exciting new car technology we’ve seen in a long time.
So as you can see, we’re going to see battery packs built in the USA, and a dedicated electric car charger built in the US. But as electric vehicle technologies get better and better, we’re going to see more and more of these cars coming to market.
The main reason (one I think) for US manufacturers to build batteries is to cut costs for the end user or as a more efficient method of delivering power to the end user.