China’s EVE Energy will supply vehicle OEM BMW with cylindrical 4680 lithium-ion batteries for its electric cars in Europe, according to reports.
The firm has signed two contracts to become BMW’s primary supplier of cells to be used in the German OEM’s electric vehicles which are due to hit the market from 2025, according to news outlet Reuters.
Guangdong-based EVE’s 4680 batteries will be around 46mm in diameter and 80mm tall, with its company filings suggesting it is planning a large cylindrical battery plant in central China, stated the report.
To date, BMW has used prismatic cells in their battery packs.
Electric vehicle maker Tesla is adopting the same cylindrical cell technology, which it announced as far back as September 2020.
In March, battery maker Panasonic Corp confirmed it would begin mass production of 4680 lithium-ion batteries for Tesla within two years.