BMW to expand e-drive production in Dingolfing

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BMW’s Dingolfing plant will create up to 2,000 jobs as part of the OEM’s e-mobility expansion. In preparation for the series production of the iNext, as well as for hybrid variants of other BMW models, the plant will expand its e-drive production “several times over in the next few years – up to a total of 2,000,” said plant director Ilka Horstmeier.

Dingolfing built almost 30,000 PHEV 5 Series and 7 Series in 2018 (out of a total vehicle production number of nearly 330,000), and the planned production of the iNext will see the plant’s electromobility share increase. From 2021, the iNext will be the first all-electric BMW produced in Dingolfing, where it will be assembled on a single line together with plug-in hybrid and ICE models.

The plant in Dingolfing, Germany, is a showcase for many of BMW’s future engineering focuses, including the Group’s center of excellence for the production of electric drive systems. This role will be significantly expanded over the next few years.

Dingolfing already supplies the BMW Group’s global vehicle plants with batteries and electric motors for the production of electrified vehicles. From 2020, the all-new fifth generation of electric drives will roll off the production line at the site, ensuring further growth in production volumes.

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