BMW ELECTRIC BATTERIES TO COME FROM CANADA
By Éric Descarries
Canada is quickly becoming one of the world’s leading suppliers of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs)! This time, German automaker BMW has announced that battery components for its North American-built EVs will come from supplier Umicore, which is finalizing plans to build a cathode-active material (CAM) plant in Ontario.
This facility will be located outside the city of Kingston, and its product will contain a nickel-rich blend that will be included in batteries for BMW’s upcoming “Neue Klasse” models to be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Battery manufacturer AESC will integrate CAM cells into its products at a plant in Florence, South Carolina, before shipping them to Woodruff and on to Spartanburg. The Florence and Woodruff plants are currently under construction.