Start of production of the electric SUV BMW iX1

BMW announces start of production of the BMW iX1 electric SUV

The arrival of the BMW iX1 is drawing ever closer. Proof of this is the announcement of the start of production of the iX1 electric SUV at the Regensburg plant in Germany, where the vehicle’s battery also comes from. This announcement also marks a step forward in the brand’s commitment to make every third BMW vehicle produced at the Bavarian plants electric by 2024.

The start of production of the new BMW iX1 means that the BMW Group’s Regensburg plant is now manufacturing all drive technologies on a single line as part of its flexible production process. BMW Regensburg plant manager Carsten Regent said:

“The electrification and transformation of the plant make me optimistic for the future. Our aim now – also with the new BMW iX1 – is to continue to impress customers around the world with cars made in Regensburg.”

The BMW iFACTORY was recently upgraded, introducing AI technological advances to make production more efficient. This technology is used at various points in the facility’s manufacturing processes, such as painting or to assist in quality inspections and predictive maintenance. Regarding the batteries used for the BMW iX1, BMW Group Head of Battery Production Markus Fallböhmer said:

“The close link between component and vehicle production is part of our strategy.

We commissioned our new high-voltage battery assembly line in October. Now, we are already supplying the neighbouring vehicle plant with high-voltage batteries for the BMW iX1.”

By the end of the year, more than 400 employees are expected to be working on the production of electric components. In total, 1.6 billion euros have so far been invested in electrical components at the German facilities in Dingolfing, Leipzig and Regensburg.

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