FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW will bundle its battery cell expertise in a new competence center, the German luxury carmaker said on Friday, adding it would invest 200 million euros ($237 million) in the site over the next four years.
"By producing battery-cell prototypes, we can analyse and fully understand the cell's value-creation processes. With this build-to-print expertise, we can enable potential suppliers to produce cells to our specifications," BMW board member Oliver Zipse said in a statement.
"The knowledge we gain is very important to us, regardless of whether we produce the battery cells ourselves, or not."
The center will open in early 2019, BMW said.
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(Reporting by Christoph Steitz)