BMW’s iconic Munich plant to go all-electric

BMW Factory Munich Car Production
BMW Group's Munich plant is entering a new era: from 2026, the iconic home factory will produce the Neue Klasse sedan. Just one year later, the plant will produce only all-electric models, making it the first location in BMW Group's current production network to successfully complete the transition to electromobility by the end of 2027.

BMW adapts to the new era

“The Munich plant is an excellent example of our ability to adapt,” said Milan Nedeljković, a member of the BMW AG board of management responsible for production. “We are investing 650 million euros here and from the end of 2027, we will be producing exclusively all-electric vehicles at our home plant.”

“In the past year alone, we have started production of six all-electric models. At the same time, we have achieved a production record, proving that we are able to deliver and shape the future in our production network at the same time.”

Peter Weber, head of the BMW Group’s Munich plant, added: “Munich is the beating heart of BMW. The Munich plant is innovative and adaptable. Just as in the 1960s, the Neue Klasse is now laying the foundation for the new identity of our plant. The fact that this complex transformation is taking place alongside the production of around 1,000 vehicles a day is business as usual in Munich and is possible thanks to the extraordinary commitment of all our employees. We are pleased that we can steer the Munich plant into a fully electric future starting with the Neue Klasse sedan.”

 

Transition to electromobility

The BMW Group’s Munich plant is a showcase example of a smooth transition to the era of electromobility. In 2015, the first plug-in hybrid models of the BMW 3 Series began to be produced on the same production line as combustion vehicles. In 2021, the BMW i4 became the first all-electric vehicle to be produced on the same line. Currently, every second vehicle that rolls off the local production line has an electric drive.

From 2026, production of the Neue Klasse vehicles at the Munich plant will initially be carried out alongside the production of current models. About a year later, from the end of 2027, the BMW Group’s home plant will be the first existing plant in the global production network to produce only all-electric vehicles. The era of vehicles with internal combustion engines will thus come to an end in Munich 75 years after the launch of the BMW 501 on the market in 1952.

After production starts at the new plant in Debrecen, Hungary, and in Munich, the Neue Klasse vehicles will also be produced in Shenyang, China, and San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

 

Extensive Modifications To Secure The Future Of The Production Plant

Over its more than 100-year history, the BMW Munich plant has undergone many changes and has repeatedly been transformed. In addition to the transition from aircraft engine production to automobiles, another significant milestone for the plant was the successful introduction of the production of Neue Klasse models in the 1960s.

At present, the plant is preparing for major changes associated with the arrival of the new Neue Klasse models from 2026. The investment of 650 million euros will be used for four buildings, including a new assembly line with logistics areas and a new body shop.

In order to create space within the limited overall area of the plant in the center of Munich, the traditional engine production was moved from the home plant to the Hams-Hall plant in the UK and the Steyr plant in Austria after about 70 years. 1,200 employees have been trained for various production tasks in Munich for the local plant or for other locations within the production network.

As in the 1960s and with all the other changes since then, the current transformation of the BMW Group’s Munich plant is also taking place while the current production is continuing. Regardless of the construction work, about 1,000 vehicles, including BMW 3 Series and BMW i4 models, roll off the common production line every day.

Source and Media: BMW Press

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