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BMW Group UK has announced a new partnership with Off Grid Energy to create a sustainable, second-life solution for BMW and MINI electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

BMW will supply the UK energy storage company with battery modules for it to adapt to create mobile power units, giving retired BMW and MINI EV batteries a second-life when they can no longer efficiently be used in cars.

The first prototype unit is now up and running, powered by lithium-ion battery modules extracted from a MINI Electric development vehicle. 

Graeme Grieve, CEO BMW Group UK, says: “BMW Group will have 25 electrified models on the roads by 2023 – half of them fully electric. We are delighted to work with Off Grid Energy to find a sustainable way of continuing to use these valuable batteries, even after they have put in many years of service in our electrified cars.”

Danny Jones, Managing Director Off Grid Energy, adds: “Off Grid Energy’s business model has been built with sustainability at its core, from the way we make our products and the materials we use, through to the environmental impact of our technology. We’re extremely excited to be in partnership with BMW Group UK and use our technology to give BMW and MINI electric vehicle batteries such a valuable second use.”

In July, 2020, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse stated: “How we use resources will decide the future of our society – and of the BMW Group. As a premium car company, it is our ambition to lead the way in sustainability. That is why we are taking responsibility here and now.” 

BMW Group says it will have 25 electrified models on the roads by 2023, with more than half of these fully electric. It expects electrified cars to account for between 15-25 per cent of the company’s global sales before 2025.

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