BMW refits Munich plant for BMW i4September 11, 2020
BMW’s Munich plant is ready to start assembling the new i4 electric sedan. After six weeks of work and an investment of around € 200 million, BMW completed the refurbishment of its factory in Germany just in time to prepare it for the new car.
Home to models such as the BMW 3-Series Sedan and Touring with internal combustion engines and hybrid engines, the factory, which opened back in 1922, will also produce the next generation M3, due to arrive this year alongside the new M4.
“We have successfully completed the complex restructuring and re-equipment of the plant, on time and without complications. Our plant can now produce an all-electric BMW i4 on the same line as diesel, gasoline and hybrid vehicles, ”said plant director Robert Engelhorn.
The production of the BMW i4 will take place in an existing body shop, but new equipment had to be installed to assemble the floor and rear, as well as the electric drive and high-voltage battery. By the way, the battery alone weighs approximately 550 kg and will be attached to the body using a fully automated system that uses cameras to check for correct alignment.
The new electric sedan is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2020. The I4 will use two electric motors with a combined output of around 523 hp. The zero-emission sedan should accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in about 4 seconds, while the estimated range with a fully charged 80 kWh battery should be around 600 km.
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