BMW to Invest EUR200 Million in Battery-Cell R&D Center

By Max BernhardFeaturesDow Jones Newswires

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW.XE) said Friday it plans to invest 200 million euros ($236.8 million) in a research-and-developement center in order to advance battery-cell technology and introduce it into its production processes.

The Bavarian car maker plans to open the new competence center in Munich in early 2019 and create 200 jobs.

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"We will focus on further improvements in battery performance, lifespan, safety, charging and also costs," said Klaus Froehlich, member of the board of management of BMW, responsible for research and development.

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November 24, 2017 06:40 ET (11:40 GMT)