BMW signs $2.3 billion battery order with Goldman-backed firm

Goldman-backed Northvolt, started by two former Tesla executives, will manufacture the cells for BMW using renewable electricity and deliver them from 2024.
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| Updated on: 16 Jul 2020, 02:42 PM
The deal is also meant to aid BMW’s push into electric cars. (REUTERS)
The deal is also meant to aid BMW’s push into electric cars. (REUTERS)

BMW AG signed a deal with Goldman Sachs Group Inc.-backed Northvolt AB for 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) of battery cells to power the German company’s electric cars.

Northvolt, a Swedish firm started by two former Tesla Inc. executives, will manufacture the cells using renewable electricity and deliver them from 2024 as part of a long-term contract, BMW said in a statement Thursday.

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Local access to batteries is becoming key for automakers trying to become less dependent on dominant suppliers in Asia. Northvolt will become BMW’s third major supplier for the technology, along with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. and South Korea’s Samsung SDI Co.

(Also read: BMW takes the covers off iX3 electric SUV with range of 460 kms in single charge)

The deal is also meant to aid BMW’s push into electric cars. The Munich-based manufacturer plans to introduce five new battery-powered vehicles through next year, and offer more than 12 electric models by 2023.

Northvolt raised $1 billion last year from investors including Volkswagen AG, Goldman Sachs and BMW to build a battery-cell factory in northern Sweden. VW plans to spend about 1.35 billion euros to erect a joint factory with the supplier in Salzgitter, Germany.

First Published Date: 16 Jul 2020, 02:42 PM IST
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