BMW HAS announced it will keep production of its all-electric, zero-emission iNext flagship in Germany.
The iNext, planned to be BMW’s first production car with Level 3 (‘eyes-off’) self-driving capability, will be built at BMW’s plant in Dingolfing, an hour north-east of Munich, starting in 2021.
BMW released a statement confirming that Dingolfing was chosen because it and the neighbouring Landshut engine plant are its core competence centres for electric motors and high-voltage batteries.
While Leipzig is BMW’s newest factory, hosting production of the i8 coupe and both the range-extender and pure BEV versions of the i3, BMW have spent €137 million in the Dingolfing factory in recent years just to cope with the expertise and equipment needed to assemble high-voltage cars. The plant already builds the 5 Series and 7 Series and their plug-in hybrid variants.
The Leipzig plant built 340,000 cars last year, accounting for almost 15 per cent of BMW’s total production and will play a key role in BMW’s plans to lift sales of its electrified cars to 100,000 cars this year, up from 62,000 BEVs and hybrids in 2016.