BMW Readies 2 New Lines For Production Of Batteries/Components For PHEVs

OCT 22 2014 BY MARK KANE 6

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BMW Concept X5 eDrive

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.”

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BMW Concept X5 eDrive

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6 Comments on "BMW Readies 2 New Lines For Production Of Batteries/Components For PHEVs"

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Lensman
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Lensman

How gratifying to see that at least one legacy auto makers seems to be serious about building plug-in EVs. I’d hate to see the entire field left to Tesla Motors for years and years!

Real competition is good for the consumer.

DaveMart
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They need to up the AER to 50km on the NEDC cycle within two years to meet Chinese city ZEV regulations.

Lets hope BMW have the requisite battery chemistry in hand.

In the rather different environment of a BEV, that sort of increase would also transform the i3.

DaveMart
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DaveMart

Apparently Bosch provide the cells but I can’t find out much else about them.

Priusmaniac
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Priusmaniac

Actually the BMW i3 has already plenty of ev range but what it lacks is a normal volume tank for the rex and a serious expansion of available sizes, amongst other a standard sized berline like the usual BMW series 5.

David Murray
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David Murray

This is great news. And while the range is no better than one of Ford’s energi products, it is still a huge step in the right direction. I’d like to see more PHEV manufacturers shooting for 30 miles range on the low-end PHEVs and more for the high end models. So I’d expect a luxury car to have more than a C-Max Energi.

Glim1000
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Glim1000

Nice

Would love to see a 328 or 335 with the option of pure EV for first 20 miles.