Mr Draeger said the battery was currently the car’s most expensive component, and sharing the costs of development and production with other carmakers (possibly fellow German carmakers) would make economic sense.
"If Mercedes called us, we would be happy to find a way with Samsung SDI to supply them with battery cells," Mr Draeger said.
Failing a phone call from Mercedes-Benz or any other carmaker, BMW may be able to reduce the cost of the Samsung batteries on its own, with plans to increase orders by at least 20-30 percent between 2014 and 2016.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology”, and BMW were reportedly among the first carmakers to enter into talks with Musk.
The current battery-supply circus for EVs is a bit of a free-for-all, with LG supplying Renault and Panasonic supplying Tesla, while Samsung supplies BMW, Chrysler and Ferrari.
While keeping one eye on future EV development, Mr Draeger said BMW was very much aware the industry was looking further afield to hydrogen fuel cells due to reduce ‘range anxiety’.
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