BMW announced today that it will expand its facilities at the Dingolfing plant, which is responsible for the construction of electric motors (and not only), to accelerate the transition to electric propulsion.
At Dingolfing, it is the largest production unit for vehicles and individual components of the BMW Group in Europe, and today the company inaugurated the facilities of the Competence Center. The electric drive units (e-Drive) will be manufactured there, which will be placed in the upcoming plug-in hybrid and electric models of BMW and Mini. In addition, the plant will manufacture high-voltage batteries in a total of eight production lines, plus four more to be added in the coming years.
BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said:
By 2022, Dingolfing alone will be able to generate power units for more than half a million electric vehicles a year. At the same time, we will produce a mix of vehicles that will be fully electric, plug-in hybrids as well as cars with an internal combustion engine in a single line, in order to offer customers the opportunity to choose the solution they prefer.
Over the next few years, the factory in Dingolfing will have grown 10 times in relation to its original size, and from 8,000 sq.m. which was in 2015 this will reach 80,000 sq.m. As a result, the number of employees will increase, as in the first half of 2020 the workforce increased from 600 to 1,000, while an additional 2,000 people will be added.
BMW’s goal in 2021 is for 25% of its sales to be for cars equipped with electric motors, to reach 33% in 2025 and 50% in 2030.