In comparison to the flat Gen5 prismatic cells, the Gen6 cylindrical cells are anticipated to offer a wide range of benefits, according to InsideEVs.
Thomas Albrecht, the Director of Efficient Dynamics at BMW, reportedly stated that the Gen6 battery technology provides at least 30% additional range. While BMW could add even more range, it will cap it.
“Gen6 batteries will give us 30% or more range than our current Gen5, but we won’t go over 1000km [620 miles] of range, even though we can. We don’t think that such a long range is necessary.” Albrecht stated.
Notably, the Gen6 battery packs that BMW will utilize in its EVs could weigh between 10% to 20% less than the Gen5 packs now in use by the company. Marie-Therese von Srbik, manager of BMW’s battery cell department, claimed, “With this next generation of battery, we will be much more flexible with how we integrate the cell. The whole vehicle is becoming more adaptive towards that.”
Meanwhile, Autocar emphasized that DC Fast Charging times could decrease by as much as 30% with the Gen6 battery pack. Additionally, the new battery will support 270 kW fast charging in BMW’s upcoming electric vehicles.
Albrecht further mentioned that, while the United States would probably require an EV battery to sustain up to 80% performance after ten years of operation, BMW’s CATL-sourced Gen6 battery is already anticipated to exceed expectations.
Notably, BMW’s intention to establish “closed loop” recycling across all of its product lines is remarkable for encouraging clean mobility as the firm continues to electrify.