BMW to phase out fossil fuel cars from its main plant within three to four years

A BMW i4 from the German luxury car maker is seen at the company’s annual press conference in Munich, Germany on March 21, 2018. REUTERS / Michael Dalder

BERLIN, Oct.22 (Reuters) – BMW (BMWG.DE) will stop manufacturing internal combustion engine (ICE) cars at its main plant in Munich in three to four years, its production manager said on Friday. a conference marking the start of production of its i4 electric model.

The ICE cars currently manufactured in Munich will be produced at BMW factories in Austria and the UK in the future, said production manager Dr Milan Nedeljkovic, adding that by next year at at least half of the vehicles produced in Munich would be electric.

BMW has set a target for at least 50% of global new car sales to be electric by 2030, and CEO Oliver Zipse told a conference last week that the company would be ready with an all-round offer. electric if a market banned ICEs by then. . Read more

The i4 battery-electric car was manufactured on a joint assembly line with ICE and hybrid models such as the BMW 3 Series Sedan and Touring, the company said, a change that cost 200 million euros (233 million euros). dollars) investment in production infrastructure.

A similar mixed assembly line is already underway at the automaker’s Dingolfing plant, which produces the BMW iX alongside the hybrid and ICE models.

The new model will be a priority in the decision-making about the allocation of rare chips, said plant chief Peter Weber. The company was well supplied with other raw materials, Nedeljkovic added.

BMW has previously said it plans to produce 70,000 to 90,000 fewer cars than it could have sold this year due to the chip shortage plaguing automakers around the world.

He also pledged to reduce emissions from transport logistics at the Munich plant, the company’s largest, to zero in the coming years, without giving a specific date.

This will be achieved by making greater use of rail transport and battery-powered trucks to transport vehicles in and around the plant, he said.

Reporting by Victoria Waldersee Editing by Mark Potter and Nick Macfie

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