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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2018, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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BMW to produce batteries in Thailand next year

BMW has announced that a new facility in Thailand will be kicking off their high voltage battery production starting next year. This new plant will allow them to better response to the growing demands for EV's in South Eastern- Asian markets. The first models that will see these new batteries will be the PHEV variants of the 5 series, 7 series and X5. https://www.bmwblog.com/2018/11/28/b...and-next-year/
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-30-2018, 09:13 AM
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As it is very much a race to production from all these premium brands, I think the more production plants the better. Sourcing and producing these packs is going to be the single largest factor that will contribute to delays in build dates and deliveries.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-04-2018, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Setbacks are unavoidable and automakers should also be making strong partnerships with already established battery companies. Even Tesla, the largest EV battery maker in the world has a deal with Panasonic.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-04-2018, 04:40 PM
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I have always been in favor of car companies partnering up with Magna, they have a history of producing some high end products that play directly into what current EV's are priced like.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2018, 09:30 AM
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I believe the only electric powertrain that Magna has produced was for the Focus Electric, which is one of the worst performing EV's that we've seen. That was several years ago however, so perhaps they could deliver something more practical with current gen technology.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-06-2018, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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More automakers are moving towards modular platforms, so there will be less need for reliance on third party companies for components. Scaling up to production to hit their EV sales goals is going to be a whole other matter however.
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