BMW to Phase Out Combustion Engines From Main Plant by 2024

BMW will stop production of internal combustion engines at its Munich headquarters in 2024, production managers said at a conference on the start of production of the i4 electric model on Friday.

The internal combustion engine currently being produced in Munich will in the future be produced at BMW’s plants in Austria and the UK, said Milan Nedelkovic, production manager, but vehicles with the engine will continue to be assembled at the Munich plant.

However, by 2023, at least half of the vehicles produced in Munich will have to be electrified – either electrically with batteries or including hybrids, according to the company.

BMW aims to generate at least 50% of global electric car sales by 2030, and CEO Oliver Zipse said at a conference last week that the company would be ready with an all-electric offering if the market banned ICE. .

The battery-powered i4 electric car will be built on the production line along with hybrid models such as the ICE sedan and BMW 3 and for travel, the company said, at an investment cost of 200 million euros (233 million US dollars or 1,746 crowns). ) per shift. in production infrastructure.

A similar assembly line is already running at the automaker’s factory in Dingolfing, which produces the BMW IX with hybrid and ICE models.

When distributing rare chips, priority will be given to new models, said Peter Weber, plant manager. The company has good stocks of other raw materials, Nedelkovic added.

Previously, BMW announced it would produce 70,000 to 90,000 fewer cars sold this year as automakers around the world ran out of chips.

Emissions from transportation logistics at the company’s largest plant in Munich will be set to zero over the next few years without a specific date.

This will be achieved through the wider use of battery-powered trains and trucks to move vehicles to and from factories, the statement said.