BMW is reportedly using batteries for its upcoming electric vehicle from China’s EVE Energy Co Ltd. The Bavarian automaker’s move makes it follow Tesla, which uses a battery consisting of a large cylindrical cell.
Reuters in its report said EVE will build a production base in Debrecen, Hungary to supply BMW. The new battery will make its way into vehicles as it hits the market in 2025.
The EVE battery that will be supplied to BMW is cylindrical, like the 4680 battery Tesla produced this year. The cells were 46 mm (1.8 in) in diameter by 80 mm (3.1 in) in length. The battery is larger than the current 2170 Tesla battery.
However, proponents of the cylindrical cell argue that the format is becoming more cost-effective due to its superior energy density. Tesla and now EVE, CATL, China’s largest battery manufacturer, will also start producing cylindrical cell batteries in 2025.
CATL previously announced that it would build the largest battery factory in Europe, also in Debrecen with Mercedes-Benz being its biggest client.