BMW says good-bye to ICE engine production in Munich
Only recently the car manufacturer announced the development of an architectural platform for electric cars. In this context, space is to be created at the Munich plant to assemble the new electric vehicles. To do this, the engine production, until now one of the most identity-creating parts of the company, has to give way. This production will be transferred to other sites over the next four years. The four- and six-cylinder engines will be produced in Steyr, Austria, and the V8 and V12 engines for the luxury cars (including those for Rolls-Royce) will be manufactured in Hams Hall, UK.
The engine plant will be replaced by a new assembly line for electric cars by 2026. The production of these models will first start in Debrecen, Hungary, and then be rolled out step by step in BMW’s global production network, said Milan Nedeljković, BMW’s Chief Production Officer.
The reorientation of the production network is based on three key areas: transformation towards electric mobility and digitalization; efficiency of processes and structures, and sustainability in production and logistics. Since this year the Chinese plant in Dadong has been producing the BMW iX3. From next year the BMW i4 in Munich and the BMW iX in Dingolfing (Bavaria) will come off the assembly lines. In addition, the all-electric versions of the new 7 Series and the future 5 Series are on the starting blocks in Dingolfing. 2022 will see the start of production of the new X1 at the Regensburg plant, which will be available both with a combustion engine and with a fully electric drive. From 2023, the BMW plant in Leipzig, where the electric car i3 has been produced since 2013, will produce the successor to the MINI Countryman as a combustion engine and fully electric version.
At the same time, the BMW Group intends to expand its capacities for the production of electric drives. For example, the company is investing in production facilities for the highly integrated e-drive and fifth generation high-voltage batteries at its e-drive production competence centre in Dingolfing. Production facilities for battery modules and high-voltage batteries are also currently being built at the Leipzig and Regensburg sites for production from 2021. At the same time, the company is increasing production capacity for electric drive housings at its Steyr plant.