BMW has just completed the transformation of its Munich plant to accommodate production of its future i4 electric sedan, which will be manufactured alongside the brand's current models.
The manufacturer is ahead of the production schedule for the model, which will not arrive until next year, but is already ready to start manufacturing the future competitor of the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.
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The Munich plant is modernized to develop electricity
It took six weeks for the Bavarian manufacturer to develop its infrastructure and convert it to be able to manufacture the new i4 electric. These changes will allow the sedan to be produced alongside diesel, gasoline or hybrid cars, and have cost BMW € 200 million. This is in addition to the 700 million euros already spent between 2015 and 2018 for the development of the body shop for the arrival of the new 3 Series and to create a paint shop that is more efficient in terms of resources.
" Everything in place for the production of the fully electric BMW i4 “, The brand confirmed in a statement. " The body shop at the Munich plant is a shining example of smart and efficient integration, as the majority of production processes for the BMW i4 can be applied to current manufacturing systems. Additional systems were required for the assembly of the floor and rear section of the BMW i4, since the electric motor and batteries make it necessary to differentiate them from a conventional architecture. ".
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If the factory is ready, the sedan is not yet able to be manufactured since BMW is still working on its development. It is advertised with a power of more than 500 horsepower and rumor has it that an 80 kWh battery could make 600 km in one charge, in WLTP cycle. What is already known is the weight of the battery, which required specific assembly equipment in the factory.
" The approximately 550 kilogram battery pack will be integrated into the body by an entirely new and automated system that uses cameras to automatically verify that the battery pack is correctly positioned on the assembly line. The battery packs are also transported to the line and automatically assembled to the body. An electric conveyor has been installed for the production of the BMW i4, as has a stronger conveyor in the vehicle finishing area ".
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