Just a few days ago, BMW Group expanded its partnership with Samsung SDI, signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU's chief terms provided for the continuing development of battery cells and the increased supply of those cells for BMW's i3 and i8 vehicles.
In addition to the growing demand for BMW's all-electric i3 and the i8, recently available in international markets, BMW has plans to introduce new hybrid models in the near future. As a result, the increased supply of battery cells will play a key role in satisfying customer demands for BMW's new vehicles, with which Samsung SDI is more than willing to help.
“I am very proud that Samsung SDI supports the success of the BMW i3 and i8,” said Samsung SDI CEO Sang-Jin Park.
“Our partnership with Samsung SDI is a good example of successful Korean-German cooperation on innovative technologies. The battery is a key component in every electric vehicle – since it basically determines the range and performance capabilities of the car. In Samsung SDI, we have chosen a supplier that offers us the best-available technology with future-oriented Korean battery expertise,” Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW AG's Board of Management member responsible for the Purchasing and Supplier Network, stated.
Aside from the battery cells supplied by Samsung SDI, BMW constructs its eco-friendly lithium-ion batteries in-house.
If it means the BMW i3 models will arrive at our showroom more quickly, then we at JMK BMW are fully supportive of BMW and Samsung SDI's expanded partnership.
Stop by our dealership today and check out the first BMW i3 to arrive!