The new assembly line will be able to produce different types of fourth-generation batteries to serve the growing range of electrified vehicles locally.
BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the U.S.A, South Carolina has doubled its capacity for production of high-voltage batteries. The plant's own battery facility now produces the new fourth-generation batteries. These are intended for the plug-in hybrid models of the new BMW X5 and the future BMW X3, also produced in Spartanburg.
More than 120 people will be employed in battery production at Plant Spartanburg, after acquiring the necessary comprehensive training "We have invested around $13.65 million in a new battery assembly line and expanded the area to more than 8,000sqm. This means we could double the number of batteries produced if needed to meet market demand," explains Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice President Engines and Electrified Drivetrains, BMW Group.
The new assembly line will be able to produce different types of fourth-generation batteries to serve the growing range of electrified vehicles locally. These batteries are based on a new technology concept that further enhances their performance.
More than 120 people will be employed in battery production at Plant Spartanburg by the end of the year, having completed a comprehensive training programme to acquire the technological know-how needed for battery production.
"We have produced batteries on site at Plant Spartanburg since 2015 - making the BMW Group a pioneer for electromobility in the U.S.," says Knudt Flor, President and CEO, BMW Manufacturing. In the past four years, the plant's battery assembly team has produced more than 45,000 batteries.
BMW expects the plug-in hybrid version of the top selling X5 to be just as popular with customers Between 2015 and 2018, BMW Group Plant Spartanburg built the first series produced plug-in hybrid vehicle, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, for the BMW brand. The start of production for the new BMW X5 xDrive45e is scheduled for August 2019, while production of the BMW X3 xDrive30e will get underway in December.
"The BMW X5 and BMW X3 are currently among the top selling BMW models in the U.S. We expect their plug-in hybrid variants to be just as popular with customers," adds Flor.
The BMW Group currently has three battery facilities: At the Competence Centre for E-drive Production at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany, at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the U.S. and at Plant Powertrain of its joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive. The BMW Group also produces batteries for local car production in cooperation with a partner in Thailand. The BMW Group's battery research and pilot plant are located in Munich.