BMW reports two milestones in relation to e-mobility at the Dingolfing production site: A second production line for e-motors went into operation at the E-Drive Production Competence Center. In addition, the production of high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrids of the latest generation started.
The ramp-up of electromobility is being intensified at the BMW Group's largest European production site: Capacity for the production of e-drives for more than 500,000 vehicles per year is now available at the Dingolfing component plant 02.20.
The plant now has a total of 14 production lines for battery modules, high-voltage batteries and e-motors. A new production and logistics building is currently under construction, and a large high-bay warehouse is also being upgraded at a cost of several million euros.
BMW Group investments for the expansion of E-component production at the site amount to more than 500 million euros in the period from 2020 to the end of 2022.
»We are seeing high customer demand for BMW electric models worldwide,« says Dr. Markus Fallböhmer, Head of Engine and E-Drive Production at the BMW Group. »That's why we're continuing to accelerate the ramp-up of e-mobility and further expand our capacities in the global production network for e-drive components. Dingolfing plays a central role in this with its e-drive production competence center.«
The new E-Mobility Supply Center in neighboring Mamming will start operations in the next few weeks to handle the supply and logistics processes for Dingolfing's e-drive production. This will supply the Dingolfing plant 02.20 with components such as housings for high-voltage batteries. On the other hand, finished e-drive components are temporarily stored and sequenced there before being shipped to the vehicle plants. Around 100 employees of a logistics service provider are already working for the BMW Group in the complex, which covers almost 50,000 square meters.
During the construction of the building, particular emphasis was placed on sustainability aspects: For example, a 4.6 MW photovoltaic system on the roofs of the halls and natural rainwater infiltration via infiltration trenches are planned.
The expansion of the workforce in E-component production at the Dingolfing site is continuing at full speed. Since the beginning of the year, the number of employees has again increased by several hundred to over 2,300. Recruitment is continuing internally, but recently also increasingly on the external labor market. In particular, electricians for maintenance activities and plant operators are in demand.
Since the beginning of 2020, the BMW Group has thus added well over 1,500 employees in the production of e-drive components at the Dingolfing site.