The BMW Group is planning the construction of a pilot plant at Parsdorf near Munich (Germany) where lithium-ion battery cells will be manufactured. The new site is scheduled to come into operation at the end of 2022. It will cover an area of 14,000 m² and employ around 50 people. The goal is to exploit the potential of the entire value-added process and to create a closed, sustainable material cycle for battery cells that includes the selection of the materials and the composition and design of the battery cells, together with production and recycling. "The new pilot plant will enable us to close the final gap in the value chain which covers battery cell development, the production of modules and powertrain components and the installation of fully assembled high-voltage batteries at our vehicle plants," says Milan Nedeljkovic´, member of the board of management of BMW AG. The pilot plant will work closely with the battery cell competence center which opened in Munich in November 2019.