BMW I3 Manufacturing – Leipzig.
The BMW Group entered a brand new period in automotive building right now with the beginning of collection manufacturing of the BMW i3. The world’s first premium electrical automobile to be purpose-designed for this type of drive system is the results of an all-encompassing growth strategy focused at decreasing gas consumption and emissions in city areas. Exceptionally excessive requirements of sustainability and useful resource effectivity have additionally been achieved within the choice of supplies and manufacturing processes employed. That is the primary time that carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been utilized in automotive quantity manufacturing. The physique construction of the BMW i3 consists fully of this extraordinarily light-weight and sturdy materials, permitting the additional weight of the batteries for the electrical drive system to be cancelled out. By industrialising the manufacturing course of for CFRP, the BMW Group has change into the primary firm worldwide to make its use in automobile manufacturing economically viable.
On the Leipzig plant alone, some €400 million has been invested in new buildings and equipment for the manufacturing of BMW i fashions and 800 new jobs have been created. The manufacturing community for BMW i additionally sees key elements for the BMW i3 manufactured at BMW Group crops and three way partnership amenities at Moses Lake within the USA and Wackersdorf, Landshut and Dingolfing in Germany. The corporate has invested a complete of round €600 million within the BMW i manufacturing community and generated over 1,500 jobs.
Collection manufacturing of the BMW i3 bought underneath manner right now within the presence of the Minister President of the state of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung, and BMW AG Board Member for Manufacturing, Harald Krüger. The primary BMW i3 off the road has been recruited because the lead automotive for the Worldwide Berlin Marathon on 29 September and was handed over to German marathon runner Jan Fitschen. Deliveries of the BMW i3 to prospects in Germany and different European nations will start in November, with the automotive’s launch within the USA, China and different markets to comply with in early 2014.
“Right now represents a milestone in our firm’s growth,” mentioned BMW manufacturing chief Krüger. “We’re making historical past with the BMW i3. Not solely is our first electrical automotive about to hit the street, we’re additionally utterly redefining sustainability with regard to private mobility because of groundbreaking applied sciences and processes.” Certainly, your entire worth chain is firmly dedicated to sustainability and effectivity: “We require 50% much less vitality and 70% much less water, and supply the electrical vitality for manufacturing of the BMW i fashions CO2-free from the wind generators on the plant,” added Krüger. This large discount in vitality and water consumption may be attributed primarily to the elimination of the normal portray course of for metal and aluminium our bodies.
Stanislaw Tillich was delighted that this new chapter in automotive historical past could be written within the federal state he heads: “I’m proud that, in BMW, now we have such an progressive carmaker right here in Saxony and that BMW is constructing the i3 at its plant right here in Leipzig. This proves that Saxony is a lovely location by way of its analysis and academic establishments, its infrastructure and, most significantly, its extremely certified and motivated individuals.”
Leipzig’s mayor Burkhard Jung concurred: “The BMW plant has been a boon for our metropolis from the start and continues to behave as a progress engine for jobs. With BMW additionally basing manufacturing of its electrical automobiles right here, the prospects for the native space are extraordinarily wholesome.”