In a combined effort between industry and the United Kingdom government, a BMW project based on the production of the long-distance electric car battery has been given £26.2 million (about $36.07 million). The BMW-UK-BEV project, situated in Oxford, is one of four projects to gain financing through the Advanced Propulsion Center Collaborative Research and Development competition, which was held in October.
APC reports that BMW’s initiative aims to develop an electric vehicle battery that will “challenge the range of the internal combustion engines.” Specifically, the APC stated that it will seek to “build BMW Group’s largest battery pack in order to achieve exceptional performance at competitive rates.” Given that the United Kingdom intends to phase out the sale of new diesel and gasoline vehicles and vans by 2030, developing technology that will increase the range of electric cars will be critical.
This will, among other things, help to dispel misconceptions about “range anxiety,” or the notion that electric vehicles are incapable of making lengthy trips without running out of battery and becoming stuck. Other successful projects that have received funding — a combined total of about £91.7 million has been allocated — include Brunel, which is investigating hydrogen-propelled internal combustion engines; Celeritas, that is concerned with the advancement of ultra-fast charging batteries; as well as Reecorner, which is concerned with the redesign of what government describes as “light and the medium-sized commercial electric vehicles.”
A statement from Ian Constance, the APC’s chief executive, stated that the initiatives addressed “some extremely key difficulties in the journey to net-zero road transportation.” According to the authors, they tackle range anxiety and cost, which can be impediments to consumers making the conversion to electric vehicles, as well as providing potential solutions to the dilemma of how to decarbonize both public transportation and commodities movement.
BMW is one of several companies that are developing new concepts and ideas in the field of batteries. Toyota and Panasonic, for example, have formed a joint venture named Prime Planet Energy & Solutions to develop renewable energy technologies. When it began operations in April of last year, the firm stated that it was dedicated to the design and manufacturing of “sophisticated batteries which can be used again and over again, anywhere and at any time.”
Recent announcements from Renault include the signing of “two big agreements” in June 2021, both of which are linked to the design and manufacturing of electric car batteries. Volkswagen revealed in March that it hoped to build six “gigafactories” in Europe by close of the decade, which was just a few months before the announcement.