BMW will no Longer Build Internal Combustion Engines in Germany

BMW withdraws engine production for combustion engines from Germany. The Munich plant will build electric cars in the future.

BMW is turning significantly more to electromobility and is investing 400 million euros in new vehicle assembly in the Munich plant. European production for internal combustion engines will in future take place in Austria and Great Britain. In Germany, however, BMW with internal combustion engines will continue to be offered.

“We are consistently implementing our electrification strategy. Each of our German plants will produce at least one fully electric vehicle by the end of 2022,” says Milan Nedeljkovic, member of the BMW Board of Management. The future assembly and its manufacturing processes would be designed for a new cluster architecture that is geared towards electric drives.

The chairman of the BMW works council, Manfred Schoch, welcomed the decision. The new assembly line is being built on the area where today’s engine construction is located. The manager has long been demanding that BMW develop a purely e-car platform. So far, the company has pursued a different strategy: The car platforms should always be suitable for all drives, including combustion engines and plug-in hybrids as well as purely battery-electric drives. The BMW Mini is available as a gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid and, quite recently, also as an electric car. A lot of compromises are necessary for this. The new platform is to be used in the new plant in Hungary from 2025 and then also in the other plants. The renovation of the Munich plant should be completed by 2024.

The employees are to be retrained or in the future be deployed in other planning and production areas at the Munich location and at other Bavarian locations.


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