BMW is gearing up for the transition to an all-electric future and has decided that its German plants will become fully electric.
The automaker has announced that it will move the manufacturing of internal combustion engines outside of the country to its plants in Austria and England.
The Munich plant, which currently produces the majority of the BMW’s engines, will be switched to the manufacturing of the next generation of electric vehicles. The company plans to spend over 400 million Euros on this transition by 2026.
BMW said production of eight- and twelve-cylinder engines will move from Munich to Hams Hall in England, and other engines will be made in Steyr, in Austria.
While the BMW i4 electric car will be built in Munich, a fully electric version of the 5-series and 7-series will be made in Dingolfing, where BMW’s said that the number of staff making electric car powertrains will double to 2,000 workers.
Lastly, an electric X1 will be made in Regensburg, according to Milan Nedeljkovic, BMW’s board member.
“By the end of 2022 all our German factories will make at least one fully electric car,” he said.
This is just the latest hint that BMW might have finally changed its strategy towards its electric future as we reported that now it will start to build dedicated EV platforms.
Also, the workers union, which has seats on BMW advisory table, seems to have approved the new shift of the company leading ultimately to the acceleration of this process.