BMW Plans to Power New Hungarian Plant Entirely with Renewable Energy

Munich (dpa) – German carmaker BMW has announced plans to run its new factory in Debrecen, Hungary, exclusively on green electricity.

The “plant in Hungary is to dispense completely with fossil fuels,” chief executive Oliver Zipse said at BMW‘s annual general meeting in Munich on Wednesday, adding that the step would make it the world’s first car plant to be operated without the use of fossil fuels.

Construction of the plant in Hungary is due to begin on June 1. The first pre-series cars of the all-electric New Class will roll off the production line 26 months later, according to the company.

The majority of the electricity needed for production will be generated directly on site, while the rest will come from “100% renewable energy sources,” said Zipse.

The decision not to use gas at the Debrecen plant stems from the carmaker’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions in production and is independent on the supply situation, a company spokesperson said.

“The concept ensures price stability and security of supply,” she said.

Until now, BMW has needed gas in its car factories mainly to run combined heat and power plants and for the ovens in its paint shop.

Last year, the group consumed 3.5 million megawatt hours of natural gas worldwide, over half of the 6.5 million megawatt hours of energy the company used overall.

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German carmaker BMW has announced plans to run its new factory in Debrecen, Hungary, exclusively on green electricity.

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