BMW i3 Production Process Videos – Assembly

SEP 27 2013 BY MARK KANE 2

Produktion BMW i3 in Leipzig

Produktion BMW i3 in Leipzig

Finally, after two earlier posts on carbon fiber, CFRP, battery and motors, now we get to see some BMW i3 assembly videos.

Fair warning: This is about 60 minutes of mind-blowing footage that’s as detailed as we’ve ever seen.

Main production of BMW i3 takes place in Leipzig, Germany, where BMW alone invested €400 million in new structures and machinery for the production of BMW i.  The company invested a total of €600 million in the entire BMW i production network.

This facility, like Wackersdorf, Landshut and Dingolfing (Germany), seems to be highly automated.

As in the case of Tesla Motors, most of the work in Leipzig is done by robots.

Preparing such production lines indicates that BMW for sure believes in future high volume sales of the BMW i family (i3, i8 and then other models in the future).


Drive module.


TEK – Technology Exterior Components.

BMW i3 production, Plant Leipzig Body Shop.


Exterior shots plant Leipzig

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Interesting gluing operations. In most cases the part is stationary and the glue robot moves (logical). However, in another operation the glue gun is fixed in position and they move a fairly large part around to put on the glue (illogical). It would be interesting to know the logic that was used to make these decisions.

Also, how do they decide what operations the Human does. It almost seems like token operations to make the union happy… final wheel lug nut torquing.

Highly recommended music while you watch this vid:

Bob Seger’s “makin thunderbirds”…