BMW has begun preparing their manufacturing facilities for increased EV production, including electric drive systems and batteries. The upgrades and adjustments for the battery assembly for the Mini EV alone will cost a two digit figure in the millions.
On a 6,000 m² area in the Dingolfing facility, a production area for battery modules as well as a battery assembly line will be set up. In the current preliminary step, the first systems are being constructed and tested for use in serial production.
The factory will produce the fifth generation of electric drive systems for future electrified BMW’s, including the BMW iX3, the BMW i4 and the BMW iNext. Currently, high voltage batteries, electric drive systems and drive structure for the i models in Leipzig as well as high voltage batteries and electric motors for the plug-in hybrid models from the BMW Group are being manufactured there; an endeavour which began in 2015. Due to the growing importance for BMW’s electrified business, the facility was also dubbed the “BMW Group competence center for electric drive production”.
Roland Maurer, the head of Planning and Production E-Drives at the BMW Group, outlined the central role of the Dingolfing factory for BMW’s electric plans as such: “With the launch of new models and the growing demand for electrified vehicles, we will significantly expand the production of electric components in the coming months and years.”
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