BMW Leipzig: New hub for electric drives

BMW Leipzig: New hub for electric drives


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BMW Leipzig: New hub for electric drives

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BMW is currently investing 800 million euros in eight new production lines for electronic components at the Leipzig site, among other things. The company’s all-electric Mini Countryman will also launch a production line in Saxony next year.

BMW is investing in battery production at its Leipzig plant.

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It is about a completely new sequence of the high-power battery production process: five cell painting lines, an additional battery module line – in addition to the two already existing – and two new high-voltage battery assembly lines that will be installed inside. Leipzig by 2024. In the first quarter of 2023, the first of five new color shops for battery cells will start operating at the Leipzig site. The other four plants will start production in stages until the end of 2023.

BMW revealed this information on October 20 as part of the “Green Day” at the Leipzig plant. The high-capacity batteries manufactured there will be used, among other things, in the electric version of the Mini Countryman, which will be manufactured at the Leipzig site in the future.

The agenda for change has been met

Almost two years ago, Production Director Milan Nedeljković announced that all German plants will be able to produce fully electric cars by 2022. In November, this promise will also be kept at the Regensburg plant with the start of production of the BMW iX1. “The BMW Group was and is a pioneer in the transition of mobility towards electric drives,” says Nedeljković.

As the birthplace of the BMW i3, the Leipzig area is very important, he confirms. From 2013 to the summer of 2022, more than 250,000 electric BMW i3s and more than 20,000 des plugging combination– built the BMW i8 sports car. The areas that have been opened up and the skills of the workers are now used for the production of electronic devices. More than 700 employees already work in battery component production at the Leipzig site, by 2024 there will be more than 1,000.

Billion investment in electronic production

“The BMW Group is investing more than 800 million euros in the development of electronic component production in Leipzig from 2020 to the end of 2024. In the future, it will cover an area of ​​approximately 150,000 square meters on the site of the Leipzig factory,” says Markus Fallböhmer , Head of Engine and E-Drive Production at BMW AG.

Lead is one of the world's leading manufacturers of machines and systems for the production of car batteries.  (Photo: Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd.)

From 2018 until the end of 2022, the BMW Group has moved to a center of excellence. electric car-Manufacturing in Dingolfing invested more than one billion euros in the fifth generation of electric drive components. In addition to e-motor components, e-motors are also manufactured here. In the Regensburg region, investments in the production of e-drive components in the period from 2020 to the end of 2022 will be more than 250 million euros.

Green hydrogen at the paint shop

In Leipzig, BMW is testing a new type of paint drying burner.  It can run on natural gas and hydrogen in different proportions.
In Leipzig, BMW is testing a new type of paint drying burner. It can run on natural gas and hydrogen in different proportions.

(Photo: Tom Kirkpatrick/BMW AG)

As more news, BMW announced a hydrogen-A pilot project in a paint shop. There, the OEM is testing a new burner technology developed in a paint dryer that can also use green hydrogen as well as natural gas. CO company2– The large consumption of natural gas should be reduced. Special thing about it: The burner can use hydrogen (H2) and natural gas methane (CH4) alone and in combination. So the oil can be changed during operation. The flexible fuel burner system was developed in collaboration with the Saacke company from Bremen, the Fraunhofer IFF Institute in Magdeburg supports the integration of the safety concept. (sp)

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