BMW Munich Plant Goes All-In on Electric: A New Chapter in Bavarian Auto Evolution

by AutoExpert   |  11 January, 2024

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BMW wants to be a trailblazer, as it has always been, by the way. The car maker has just announced that the iconic BMW Munich factory will exclusively manufacture electric vehicles (EVs) starting in 2027. This marks a significant departure from decades of tradition, symbolizing the company's swift stride towards its electrification goals.

Since its establishment in 1952, the Munich plant has been a hub for BMW's automotive milestones, producing renowned models like the BMW 501 saloon and the iconic Neue Klasse series. The upcoming shift to an all-electric lineup, scheduled for 2027, represents a pivotal moment in BMW's history.

BMW Munich Plant

Currently, the Munich plant operates a shared assembly line for both the 3 Series and i4 saloons, achieving a production record in 2023 with nearly 1000 cars per day, half of which are electric vehicles. A substantial €650 million investment has fueled the transformation, resulting in new facilities, including an assembly line and body shop. Engine production ceased in 2023, relocating to Hams Hall in Britain and Steyr in Austria, concluding over a century of internal combustion engine manufacturing in Munich.

BMW Munich Plant

Plant Munich Director Peter Weber expressed enthusiasm about the shift, stating, "Munich is the beating heart of BMW. As in the 1960s, a Neue Klasse is again laying the foundation from which our plant is reinventing itself. We are delighted to be guiding the Munich plant into a fully electric future, starting with the Neue Klasse sedan."

BMW Munich Plant

While the Neue Klasse era kicks off with a saloon, an SUV is set to lead the charge a year earlier, with an iX3 replacement rolling out from BMW Plant Debrecen in Hungary starting 2025. The transition promises to maintain BMW's traditional design elements, including Hofmeister kinks and subtle kidney grilles, potentially enticing traditionalists to embrace electric mobility.

BMW Munich Plant

Neue Klasse production will extend globally, with China and Mexico joining the ranks. Hungary will play a crucial role in manufacturing high-voltage batteries for the new 800v architecture. This substantial investment underscores BMW's commitment to its flagship Bavarian home by Munich Olympic Park, where Plant Munich stands alongside the brand's renowned museum and towering Vierzylinder office.

BMW Munich Plant

The evolution of Plant Munich is catalyzed by increased digitalization and AI utilization through BMW's 'iFactory' principle. As the automotive giant embarks on this bold electric journey, enthusiasts are left to ponder whether these are truly exciting times or another poignant day for the cars we've grown to love. Share your thoughts below, and let the conversation begin.

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