Ever since the first fully-electric BMW, the BMW i3, went into standard production in 2013, the BMW Group has acquired extensive technological expertise in the field of production. The company is now using this advanced know-how to build fully and partially-electric cars at 12 locations worldwide (as of March 2020). It develops and produces electric engines and high-voltage batteries in-house to supply these locations. At its car plants, fully-electric vehicles come off the same line as plug-in hybrids and vehicles with petrol and diesel engines, creating a unique flexibility.
BATTERY CELL COMPETENCE CENTRE.
The BMW Group continues to expand its leading position in e-mobility and has pooled its wealth of experience and comprehensive knowledge in the field of battery cells at a new competence centre. The aim is to understand all aspects of battery cell technology and the associated production processes. The BMW Group wants to double the current range of its battery cells by 2030.
The new competence centre covers the entire battery cell technology value chain – from research and development to battery cell composition and design, all the way to large-scale manufacturability. It is important to think about recycling and transparent, sustainable cell development from the very beginning. Whether the company will produce cells itself on a large scale at a later date will depend on how the supplier market develops.
The Battery Cell Competence Centre put us in a unique position: Based on current BMW i3 technology, we will be able to double the energy density of our battery cells by 2030 and double range for our customers.
Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG
PLANTS OF THE FUTURE.
Production of electric powertrain components
As the competence centre for e-drive systems, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing plays a leading role within the network. Series-produced batteries for the BMW i3 have being coming off the line here since 2013. Since then, products and processes have been continuously optimised. The plant is currently expanding its production capacity significantly in preparation for production of what will already be the fifth generation of electric motors and batteries.
One production line – many drive train variants
As the technology in cars becomes increasingly complex, the ability to integrate systems will be a decisive competitive advantage. Plant Dingolfing can produce new electric vehicles efficiently and flexibly alongside cars with other drive concepts on a single assembly line. This is important because the BMW Group expects to see a mix of different drive technologies. With the launch of the BMW iNEXT, Plant Dingolfing will be capable of producing the required mix of fully-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and models with a combustion engine on a single line in response to demand.
Double the capacity
BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the US state of South Carolina recently doubled its capacity for producing high-voltage batteries. These will be used in the BMW X5 xDrive45e and BMW X3 xDrive30e plug-in hybrid models also built in Spartanburg. With these and other electrified models, the BMW Group will strengthen its lead in registrations in its classic competitive environment.
Production of plug-in hybrid vehicles
Between 2015 and 2018, BMW Group Plant Spartanburg built the core BMW brand's first plug-in hybrid production vehicle: the BMW X5 xDrive40e. The BMW X5 and BMW X3 are now among the top-selling BMW models in the US. With production of plug-in hybrid variants of these vehicles, Plant Spartanburg is expanding its expertise, supported by investment and training.
The BMW Group continues to drive the expansion of electromobility and is adapting its production structures to growing demand for fully and partially electrified vehicles. Production of the fully-electric BMW i3 got underway at Plant Leipzig back in 2013. Today, the BMW Group builds cars with combustion engines and fully or partially-electric drive trains on the same production line at many of its locations worldwide.