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By Nitesh Parihar

Nov 7, 2023

BMW Claims Its New Battery Cells Surpass Tesla's 

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BMW claims its new 6th generation battery cells surpass Tesla's in performance. BMW production head says "Tesla needs to close the gap with us."

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The new BMW cells are larger in size compared to previous generations - 46mm x 95mm or 120mm.

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BMW claims the new cells have 20% higher energy density and 30% more range compared to previous generations.

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The automaker says the new cells will enable EVs with up to 500 miles of range, but that's at the full battery pack level.

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BMW developed the new cell technology in-house at its battery center in Germany.

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For manufacturing, BMW plans to partner with CATL. Volume production expected to start in 2025.

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BMW says its new cell technology results in 60% lower carbon emissions during production.

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The new cell format is based on Tesla's 4680 cell unveiled in 2020, but BMW made it even larger.

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BMW believes its proprietary battery "recipe" with custom chemistry delivers optimal performance for its vehicles.

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While BMW sounds confident, true performance remains to be seen when production starts in 2025. Tesla also continues improving its 4680 cell.