© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A BMW i4 of the German luxurious carmaker is seen throughout the firm’s annual information convention in Munich, Germany, March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
BERLIN (Reuters) – BMW will cease making inner combustion engines at its main plant in Munich by 2024, its head of manufacturing mentioned on Friday at a convention marking the beginning of manufacturing of its electrical i4 mannequin.
The ICE (NYSE:) engines at the moment made in Munich shall be produced in BMW’s factories in Austria and the UK in future, manufacturing chief Milan Nedeljkovic mentioned, although automobiles utilizing the engines will nonetheless be assembled on the Munich plant.
Still, by 2023 not less than half the autos produced in Munich can be electrified – both battery electrical or plug-in hybrid, the corporate mentioned.
BMW has set itself a goal for not less than 50% of recent international automobile gross sales to be electrical by 2030, and CEO Oliver Zipse mentioned at a convention final week the corporate can be prepared with an all-electric providing if any market banned ICEs by then.
The i4 battery-electric automobile was made on a joint meeting line with ICE and hybrid fashions such because the BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring, the corporate mentioned, a shift that price 200 million euros ($233 million) of funding in manufacturing infrastructure.
An analogous blended meeting line is already below method on the automaker’s Dingolfing plant, which produces the BMW iX alongside hybrid and ICE fashions.
The new mannequin shall be prioritised in decision-making over the place to allocate scarce chips, the plant chief Peter Weber mentioned. The firm was well-stocked in different uncooked supplies, Nedeljkovic added.
BMW has beforehand mentioned it expects to produce 70,000 to 90,000 fewer automobiles than it may have offered this yr due to the chip scarcity that has plagued automakers worldwide.
It additionally dedicated to decreasing emissions from transport logistics on the Munich plant, the corporate’s largest, to zero within the subsequent few years, with out giving a particular date.
This shall be achieved by making better use of rail transport and battery-powered vehicles to transport autos in and across the plant, it mentioned.
(This story corrects to state that inner combustion engines, not automobiles, shall be phased out from Munich plant)
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