BMW Munich Plant Will Only Produce EVs By The End Of 2027 (image for representation)
BMW Group's Munich plant is undergoing a significant change, moving exclusively to all-electric vehicle production by the end of 2027. Starting in 2026, the plant will begin manufacturing the Neue Klasse sedan, leading to the exclusive production of electric models within a year.
German luxury carmaker BMW has today announced that the company’s Munich facility is set to have a shift in production in the next few years. Making this announcement the company has stated that the BMW Group’s Munich plant commenced production of the hybrids alongside ICE vehicles back in 2015, later this facility boasted the production of the all electric BMW i4 back in 2021. Now the company has announced that this facility will commence production of its all new Neue Klasse sedan from 2026 and by the end of 2027 this facility will only produce electric vehicles.
The company has also revealed that by the end of 2027, BMW Group's Munich plant will become their first in the global production network to produce only electric vehicles. Also the Neue Klasse will not only be manufactured in Munich but also in Debrecen, Hungary, Shenyang, China, and San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Shedding light on how the company’s Munich facility is adapting, the company stated that to accommodate this shift, the plant is undergoing extensive modifications, with a €650 million investment in four buildings, including a new assembly line and logistics areas. Notably, traditional engine manufacturing has been relocated to Hams-Hall in Great Britain and Steyr in Austria. Despite ongoing construction, the plant maintains its production momentum, with approximately 1,000 cars, including the BMW 3 Series and BMW i4, rolling off the assembly line daily.
In order to make this facility future ready the company is ramping up its digitalization efforts at the Munich plant to align with BMW iFACTORY principles, emphasizing flexibility, streamlined processes, and integration across the production network. This approach involves data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and virtualization to optimize processes and support employees in their work.
Commenting on the occasion Peter Weber, Director BMW Group Plant Munich said, “Munich is the beating heart of BMW. The plant in Munich is innovative and adaptable. As in the 1960s, a Neue Klasse is again laying the foundation, on which our plant is reinventing itself. The fact that this comprehensive transformation is taking place at the same time as roughly 1,000 vehicles per day are currently being manufactured is common practice in Munich and is possible thanks to the outstanding performance of all our employees. We are delighted to be guiding the Munich plant into a fully-electric future – starting with the Neue Klasse sedan”.