(CTN News) – On Wednesday, a significant achievement was reached at the BMW Shenyang Production Base in Liaoning province with the completion of the main structure for the Gen6 High-Voltage Battery Project.
This milestone marks the establishment of a new production facility that will serve as a solid groundwork for the implementation of BMW Group’s cutting-edge technology in China.
Moreover, it will facilitate the production of low-carbon, efficient, and top-notch High-Voltage Batteries (HVBs), thereby expediting the progress toward local production of Neue Klasse models.
The planning and construction processes of the project made use of cutting-edge digital technologies such as VR and AR. Additionally, for the first time, geothermal heating will be incorporated.
Franz Decker, the president and CEO of Brilliance Automotive, expressed that the i5 will be the fourth locally produced BEV after the BMW iX3, i3, and iX1.
This new model showcases their commitment to maintaining a prominent position in the field of electric mobility.
The implementation of cutting-edge low-carbon production standards is a key aspect of the new venture, which requires a substantial investment of 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion).
This ambitious project is expected to generate approximately 2,000 employment opportunities for the local community.
Established in 2017, the BMW Brilliance HVB Center holds the distinction of being the BMW Group’s inaugural power battery center located outside of Germany. The batteries manufactured at this facility, specifically the fourth- and fifth-generation power batteries, are utilized in various models.
The automaker has partnered with suppliers to support the advancement and modernization of Liaoning’s manufacturing industry.
One of these suppliers is ZF, a long-standing partner of Brilliance for two decades, which has made investments to establish a production base in Shenyang for BMW’s models’ BEV e-drive systems.
Additionally, EVE Energy, a battery cell supplier, has commenced the construction of a new plant in Shenyang to supply cells for the locally manufactured Gen6 battery.