At BMW Group Plant Munich, everything is in situ for production of the fully electric BMW i4 to start . After six weeks of intensive conversion work, series production of vehicles has resumed, with around 5,000 associates returning to the road .
The entire development and conversion of the plant came at an investment of around €200 million. €700 million had already been invested between 2015 and 2018 to put in replacement , resource-efficient paintshop and extend the bodyshop for production of the BMW 3 Series.
In recent weeks, a specific challenge facing the team was the confined space within the assembly halls, which made conversion and installation work difficult. Previous systems had to be removed with little or no space to spare, and new ones installed and launched.
A new electric overhead conveyor has also been installed for BMW i4 production, along side stronger conveyors within the vehicle finish area. Because the number of driver assistance systems, safety equipment and connectivity features steadily increases.
Function-testing of the varied in-car innovations and technologies during production is becoming more and more complex. To satisfy the ever tougher quality requirements, Plant Munich is making greater use of digitally connected production and testing systems.
Established back in 1922, the BMW Group’s home plant is now set to deliver a wide-ranging product portfolio that has not only the BMW i4 but also the combustion- and hybrid-powered BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring, and therefore the new BMW M3