BMW Readies 2 New Lines For Production Of Batteries/Components For PHEVs
BMW announced that its Dingolfing plant in Germany, which is supplying i3 and i8 with battery modules and some other components, got two new production lines for battery packs and motors.
This new investment is related to the launch of new plug-in hybrid versions of core brand models from BMW.
BMW X5 PHEV will be the first among the new plug-ins. The previously unveiled concept version of X5 eDrive had 30 kilometres (19 miles) of all-electric range up to 120 km/h (75 mph).
Over the next five years, BMW plans a high double-digit million euro amount for total expenditure on buildings and equipment in the new Electric Drive Systems production area.
“The Dingolfing plant will be expanded to be the BMW Group’s center of excellence for the production of electric drive systems. The plant already provides the high-voltage battery pack and other suspension and drive components for the BMW i models assembled in the BMW plant in Leipzig. The main electric drive technologies and components are developed in-house.”
“The new battery production lines are flexible, being designed for several future models. As an example, the same production line will produce not only battery modules for the BMW i8, but in future will also build for the BMW X5 with eDrive technology.”
“The BMW plant in Dingolfing is one of the largest production facilities of BMW Group worldwide, and produces cars from the BMW 3-, 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-Series. In 2013 the factory produced a total of about 340,000 vehicles. Currently around 17,500 employees and 800 trainees are employed at BMW Dingolfing.”