BMW Group Adds EV Capacity in Germany - Diversified Communications

Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  October 24, 2022

BMW Group Adds EV Capacity in Germany

The BMW Group will increase e-component production capacity at its manufacturing base in Leipzig with another eight production lines by 2024. 

Over the next year the plant’s two existing battery module lines will be complemented by a further line plus five cell coating lines. These will be followed by two new high-voltage battery assembly lines due to go on stream in 2024. The batteries they make will power models such as the fully electric version of the MINI Countryman, which will also be built in Leipzig.

“The BMW Group has always been a pioneer in the transformation to electric mobility and we intend to remain the leader in the future,” said Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG Board Member for Production in a statement. “Plant Leipzig will be of special importance in this regard, as it’s the birthplace of the BMW i3.” 

From 2013 to the summer of 2022, Leipzig manufactured over 250,000 fully electric BMW i3 vehicles and over 20,000 plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports cars. The freed-up spaces and the skills of its employees will now be used to produce e-components. More than 700 production staff are already working in battery component production at Plant Leipzig, rising to more than 1,000 by 2024.

By the end of 2022, the BMW Group will have invested more than 1 billion euros in the Dingolfing Competence Centre for E-Drive Production – which also produces electric motors. In Regensburg, investments in e-drive component production have totaled more than 250 million euros between 2020 and late 2022.

 In the first quarter of 2023, the first of five new battery cell coating systems will go on stream at the Leipzig site, followed by another four systems which will launch in stages until the end of the same year.



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