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BMW to Ramp Up EV Battery Production at its Dingolfing Plant

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【Summary】German automaker BMW is gearing up its Dingolfing factory to supply the batteries for the upcoming fully-electric MINI. BMW said the plant will also support other future electric models.

FutureCar Staff    Oct 29, 2018 1:49 PM PT
BMW to Ramp Up EV Battery Production at its Dingolfing Plant
author: FutureCar Staff    

German automaker BMW is gearing up its Dingolfing factory to supply the batteries for the upcoming fully-electric MINI. The automaker said its Dingolfing plant in Germany will supply the batteries for the car, which will be built be built in late 2019 in Oxford, South England. The electric motors for the MINI EV will be manufactured at the neighboring BMW Group plant in Landshut.

BMW is preparing for a higher demand for electric vehicles in the future and is investing in extensive conversion and expansion work for this purpose. For the battery production of the all-electric MINI alone, a medium, double-digit million euro amount is being invested for structural measures.

"With the launch of new models and the growing demand for electrified vehicles, we will significantly expand the production of electric components in the coming months and years." said Roland Maurer, Head of Planning and Production E-Drives at the BMW Group in a statement.

BMW said its Dingolfing plant will also support the company's future electric models. A 6,000 square meter a production facility for battery modules and a battery assembly line will be built in the western part of the Dingolfing component plant 02.20. Construction and preparations to the facility are already underway.

Beginning in 2020, the plant will produce the fifth generation of electric drive systems for future electrified vehicles of the BMW Group, including the BMW iX3, the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT.

BMW Group Plant Dingolfing is the BMW Group's largest vehicle production site in Europe. Each year, around 376,000 BMW vehicles are built there. Since 2015, the Dingolfing plant has been producing batteries and electric motors for plug-in hybrid models of the BMW Group.

Due to its growing importance and its key role in the production network, the 02.20 component factory is being renamed the "BMW Group competence center for electric drive production".

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