The German automaker BMW headquartered in Munich is assembling batteries themselves while relying on suppliers for its battery cells. We keep an up-to-date profile for BMW on its electric vehicles, battery suppliers, and own battery production facilities.
Overview of battery Suppliers
BMW currently calls four battery cell companies their suppliers:
- Samsung SDI (BEV, PHEV)
- CATL (BEV)
- Northvolt (BEV)
- Wanxiang A123 Systems (Mild Hybrid EVs)
Battery supply by Samsung SDI
The company has agreed to purchase battery cells from Samsung SDI for 2.9 billion euros during the years 2021-2031.
Battery supply by CATL
BMW increased the order volume for CATL from the initial volume of 4 billion euros signed in 2018 to 7.3 billion euros for 2020-2031. Battery cells worth 2.8 billion euros will be used by its joint venture in China, BMW Brilliance Automotive. The remaining battery cells will be used for BMW’s production outside China. BMW Group became the first global automaker to use CATL battery cells in its local joint venture – BMW Brilliance – in 2011.
Additionally, it has become the first customer of CATL’s battery cell plant in Erfurt, Germany, which is still under construction.
For example, BMWs ix3 is supplied by NCM 811 batteries made with 188 prismatic cells from CATL.
Battery supply by Northvolt
BMW has signed an agreement with Northvolt, a Swedish firm, to supply two billion euros worth of batteries to the automaker from 2024. The order was announced on Thursday by the Munich-based automaker.
The cars will be built in Skellefte in northern Sweden. The electricity for this will be generated from hydroelectric and wind power. BMW has not said how long the contract will last.
Summary of Battery Suppliers to BMW
|Battery cell supplier||Type||Models supplied|
|Samsung SDI||BEV, PHEV||Please contact us for full information|
|CAT||BEV||Please contact us for full information|
|Northvolt (Sweden)||BEV||Please contact us for full information|
|Wanxiang A123 Systems||Mild||Please contact us for full information|