BMW Opens Competence Centre For E-Drive Production For 500,000 EVs

BMW bets on in-house production of high-voltage batteries and electric motors in Dingolfing.

BMW Group has officially opened its new Competence Centre for E-Drive Production at the Dingolfing manufacturing site in Germany.

Its production capacity was set for more than 500,000 electrified vehicles annually by 2022, with an option for more.

The new facility will supply the company with 5th generation E-Drives, which combines the electric motor, transmission, and power electronics in a central housing. The first model with 5th gen E-Drive will be the BMW iX3.

The huge Dingolfing plant was already producing battery modules and packs since 2013 (starting with the BMW i3) and then also electric motors since 2015.

Production of high-voltage batteries in BMW Dingolfing plant

Production of high-voltage batteries in BMW Dingolfing plant

The site is able to produce everything necessary for EVs, from complete electric drive units, to battery modules and packs, and finally electrified versions of some models.

The total investment in the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing is estimated to reach €500 million ($562 million) by 2022.

The number of employees dedicated to the electrification has increased from 600 to 1,000, and should further increase to 2,000 in the medium term.

“At the Competence Centre in Dingolfing, the BMW Group will produce electric powertrain components such as battery modules, high-voltage batteries and electric motors on eight production lines. Over the coming years, the company will set up four additional lines, which will boost the location’s production capacity significantly.”

“In the next few years, the production area of the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production will be expanded to ten times the original size: from 8,000 square metres in 2015 to 80,000. The number of employees will also be increased. In the first half of 2020 alone, the workforce grew from 600 to 1,000. Up to 2,000 employees will work in production of e-drives at the Dingolfing location in the medium term.”

The second site of EV electric motor production is in Landshut, Germany.

Two BEVs (iNEXT and 7 Series BEV) coming

From 2021 Dingolfing will start production of the all-new, all-electric BMW iNEXT, along with conventional and plug-in hybrid 5 Series and 7 Series models, as well as a conventional 8 Series.

In the near future, the next generation of the BMW 7 Series will be produced in four versions, including gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and – for the first time – a fully-electric variant.

Gallery: BMW Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing

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BMW battery suppliers

BMW has two lithium-ion battery suppliers:

The modules and packs are however assembled by BMW at four sites:

Additionally, BMW has an all-new R&D facility in Munich, and partnership deals with Northvolt and Umicore.

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