Every German factory will have an EV by end of 2022
Aiming toward near-zero carbon emissions by 2030
BMW is changing around its production network to help it launch a new generation of electric vehicles. That announcement includes big spending, but it also includes some hints as to the company’s future EV plans.
For the automaker, the highlight of the announcement is a 400 million euro (CAD 620m) investment at its Munich plant toward new vehicle assembly. That follows a recently completed expansion of the body shop there as well as a new paint shop, and shows a strong commitment to the 100 year old plant.
What’s interesting is that the new vehicle assembly line will give a current engine line the boot. Engines from four to 12 cylinders will be moved to Austrian and UK facilities, and Munich will build vehicles on “a new cluster architecture geared towards electric drive trains.” That will start in the middle of the decade, though the new architecture will be rolled out first at a vehicle to be built in a future plant in Hungary.
“By the end of 2022, all German plants will have at least one fully-electric vehicle in their programme,” said board member for production Milan Nedeljković. That will include the i4 and BMW iX electric crossover built in Munich and Dingolfing, respectively, but will also include a full EV 7 Series and a full EV 5 Series as well as a fully-electric X1 variant, suggesting that all of those models will arrive by the end of that year. The next year, Plant Leipzig (home to the i3) will start building the next Mini Countryman which BMW confirms will also be available as a full EV.
BMW has chopped plant CO2 emissions by 50 percent since 2006, and hopes to cut 40 percent from 2019 levels by 2025 and 80 percent by 2030, including sourcing all of their electricity worldwide from renewable sources by the end of this year.