BMW to Equip Megacity EV with Battery Cells from Bosch and Samsung SDI

The BMW Group announced today that it has chosen SB LiMotive, a 50:50 joint venture of Bosch and Samsung SDI, as the supplier of the battery cells for its future project Megacity Vehicle. Scheduled to go on sale in the first half of the next decade, the Megacity Vehicle will be the second model to come out of the BMW Group's "i project" after the all-electric MINI E. In an earlier announcement this year, BMW said that buyers of the Megacity Vehicle will have the choice between a fully electric drive and a high-efficiency combustion engine.

"The decision is a major milestone along the way to serial production of the Megacity Vehicle," said Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.

"The battery is a key component in any electric vehicle - it determines the range and performance of the car. With SB LiMotive we have selected a supplier who offers the best available technology, combining leading German automotive expertise with future-oriented Korean battery know-how," Reithofer concluded.

BMW has not released any other specific details or photos on the Megacity project.