Munich, Germany – BMW’s planned Megacity electric vehicle will use batteries supplied by a joint venture of Bosch and Samsung, the automaker said. SB LiMotive, a 50:50 joint venture of the two, has been named the company’s supplier of battery cells for the planned production electric vehicle.

“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. “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.”

BMW currently has its Mini E, a purely electrically-powered vehicle, in large-scale testing with some 600 vehicles in the U.S., Great Britain and Germany. Information from the tests will be essential to the serial development of both the Megacity Vehicle and the battery technology. The Megacity is planned for serial production in the first half of the next decade.

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