The BMW i4 is coming into the ultimate stretch. The highly-anticipated automotive will probably be coming into manufacturing subsequent yr earlier than gross sales and deliveries will kick off. In an effort to be sure all the pieces’s prepared by 2021, BMW Plant Munich should do a little bit of tinkering, which would require a pause in automobile manufacturing this summer time. BMW introduced at present that the Munich plant received’t be rolling out any new automobiles for six weeks, between July 23 and September 7, whereas adjustments are being carried out to the manufacturing traces.
This will probably be a serious problem for Plant Munich. Quite a few structural and reworking measures are crucial for the absolutely electrical BMW i4. The high-voltage battery makes the BMW i4 physique totally different to that of the automobile fashions beforehand constructed on the plant. Nonetheless, about 90 p.c of the present manufacturing programs used within the physique store could be built-in and enabled for future BMW i4 manufacturing.
Solely 10 p.c – particularly, gear utilized in manufacturing of the rear finish – can’t be built-in, due to the high-voltage battery, and require new programs to be arrange. The high-voltage battery within the BMW i4 is put in from under. A brand new and separate battery meeting will probably be arrange for this inside automobile meeting. “Confined buildings make any reworking and set up measures at Plant Munich notably difficult. Previous programs should be eliminated, and new ones put in and put into service, in very tight areas inside six weeks. This takes meticulous planning and loads of creativity,” underlined plant director Robert Engelhorn.
“We’re gearing up our Munich plant for the long run. As soon as reworking is completed, we can produce autos with diesel, petrol and hybrid drive trains, in addition to the fully-electric BMW i4, all on the identical line. This can enable us to reply flexibly to buyer demand,” he added. The i4 received’t be the only beneficiary from all this work. In addition to putting in new programs, current manufacturing gear may also should be transformed so the BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring – each with combustion engines and hybrid drive practice, the brand new BMW M3 and the fully-electric BMW i4 can all be produced on the identical line.