The BMW Group will enhance e-component manufacturing capability at its manufacturing base in Leipzig with one other eight manufacturing strains by 2024. The plant’s two present battery module strains will probably be complemented by an additional line plus 5 cell-coating strains. These will probably be adopted by two new high-voltage battery meeting strains on account of go on stream in 2024. (Earlier publish.)
The battery cells they may course of will probably be manufactured by exterior suppliers working to BMW Group specs. First, the lithium-ion cells will probably be plasma-cleansed earlier than being coated by the specifically developed methods to make sure optimum insulation.
Cells are coated with thermally conductive paste for battery module manufacturing at BMW Group Plant Leipzig.
After being coated, the cells are assembled to type bigger battery modules. In Leipzig that is at the moment being achieved on two present module strains. A 3rd is about to go on stream in the summertime of 2023.
As soon as full, the battery modules, connectors, management items and cooling aggregates are fitted into an aluminum casing. The variety of modules and the dimensions and form of the casing depend upon which automobile variant they are going to be utilized in, so that every automobile is fitted with essentially the most appropriate high-voltage battery.
Sooner or later, Plant Leipzig will even assemble high-voltage batteries when two designated meeting strains go on stream in 2024.
The batteries made will energy fashions such because the absolutely electrical model of the MINI Countryman, which will even be in-built Leipzig.
From 2013 to the summer time of 2022, Leipzig manufactured greater than 250,000 absolutely electrical BMW i3 autos and greater than 20,000 plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports activities vehicles. Each fashions at the moment are discontinued. The freed-up areas and the talents of its staff will now be used to supply e-components. Greater than 700 manufacturing workers are already working in battery part manufacturing at Plant Leipzig, rising to greater than 1,000 by 2024.
We’re working constantly to advance the transformation to electromobility, and we proceed to develop our e-drive manufacturing community to make it occur. From 2024, the whole course of chain for high-voltage battery manufacturing will run not simply at Dingolfing however at Leipzig as effectively.
—Markus Fallböhmer, Head of Engine at E-Drive Manufacturing at BMW AG
Between 2020 and the top of 2024, the BMW Group could have invested greater than €800 million in establishing e-component manufacturing in Leipzig. Sooner or later, this space of manufacturing will take up round 150,000 m2 on the location.
The BMW Group is drawing on its international manufacturing community to satisfy the rising want for e-drive part manufacturing capability. Excessive-voltage batteries and battery parts for electrical autos by the BMW and MINI manufacturers is not going to solely be made in Leipzig but in addition in Spartanburg, USA, and Shenyang, China. At Plant Rayong, Thailand, high-voltage battery manufacturing has been localized with the help of a BMW Group accomplice.
In the meantime, Munich is house to the E-Drive Pilot Plant and the Battery Cell Competence Centre, which performs detailed analyses of the worth creation processes in battery cell manufacturing and advances the related applied sciences. Within the not-too-distant future the BMW Group will even be launching its Competence Centre for Battery Cell Manufacturing in Parsdorf, simply exterior Munich. Right here, a pilot manufacturing system for the near-series manufacture of lithium-ion battery cells will guarantee they are often mass-produced to high quality, time and value specs.