BMW launches its battery factory in Germany

BMW launches its battery factory in Germany

BMW did not yet have its own lithium-ion battery factory in Europe. While the German manufacturers had already started, with Mercedes or Volkswagen, like many of their European counterparts. Delays fixed at the end of 2022 and the start of production, on an area of ​​15 hectares, of a brand new factory.

In addition, this Parsdorf site is also intended to be the “Electric Battery Competence Center” for the BMW Group and its suppliers. Therefore, the German manufacturer wants to control the entire production chain but also the development and certification of subcontractors.

BMW: full battery production by the end of 2023

This new BMW plant required an investment of 170 million euros. An investment supported by IPCEI (Key Projects of Common European Interest) and the German authorities. The factory will employ only 80 people. The goal: to produce the first batteries in the initial series and at low volume from the fall of 2022. With the goal of a planned route and full production at the end of 2023. These batteries will be used mainly for future sedans and electric SUVs of the “Neue Klasse”, scheduled to launch in September 2023.

A complete industrial tool

BMW therefore guarantees full control of its production and value chain around the electric vehicle. In fact, the manufacturer also manufactures its own electric motors and electric appliances. Therefore, the German factories in Dingolfing, Regensburg and Leipzig are already producing high-voltage battery modules and their components. In turn, the Spartanburg plant in the United States and Brilliance Automotive, BMW’s joint venture in China, manufacture electric motors and components.

Jean-Christophe Lefevre