BMW i3 Production Process Videos – Batteries and Drivetrain

SEP 26 2013 BY MARK KANE 9

BMW i3 electric motor production

BMW i3 electric motor production

BMW i3 drivetrain production

BMW i3 drivetrain production

BMW, as befits a company focused on electric vehicles, is keeping battery and drivetrain production process in-house.

Here are two unique videos on how li-ion cells are assembled into modules and then into i3 battery packs.

The next two videos showcase the i3’s single-speed transmission and an automated process of hybrid synchronous motor assembly.

BMW i3 production, Plant Dingolfing . High voltage battery Module manufacturing / packaging.

Battery assembly.


BMW i3 production, Plant Landshut. electric engine.

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9 Comments on "BMW i3 Production Process Videos – Batteries and Drivetrain"

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Nice high quality videos.. But it would have been better had they trimmed all of these down into a single 5 minute video and added some narration explaining to the viewer what is going on.

LOL, I was just going to say to opposite. I enjoyed the longer raw video w/no narration.
Interesting they used ABB robots instead of Kuka (in a German plant).
Oh and where was the beer 🙂

Looks like lots of Siemens controls (German).

George B

Yes, surprised to see that also. Especially since Tesla is using KUKA too. I’m familiar with their main facility in Augaburg, went to school nearby.

By golly I do believe this battery is cooled from the bottom just like the spark EV battery. If you look at the second video at 28 seconds you can see a tray with cooling tubes that all the modules sit on.

This is similar to the way the spark battery is cooled as explained in an article I wrote here:

George B

Yes, that appears to be the case. Thanks for the link!

Also interesting is that the gearbox is a simple helical/spur gear set as opposed to both the spark and Volt transmissions which have planetary gear reduction.

Spark coaxial gearset looks superior to me as explained in this article:


Well you gotta give credit to the Germans . . . they are working hard to keep the jobs in their own country.

I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic.
I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.

Thanks for wonderful info I was looking for this info for my mission.