BMW Group is preparing to enter a new era at BMW Group Plant Munich as it gets ready to produce the Neue Kasse sedan from 2026 and then, just one year later, the plant will manufacture nothing but all-electric models. This will make the Munich plant the first location in the BMW Group’s existing production network to successfully complete the transformation to E-mobility from the end of 2027.
“The Munich plant is an excellent example of our ability to adapt. We are investing € 650 million here and will produce exclusively all-electric vehicles in our parent plant from the end of 2027,” says Milan Nedeljković, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production. “Last year alone, six all-electric models went into production. At the same time, we also set a production record, proving that we are simultaneously able to both deliver and shape the future in our production network.”
Peter Weber, Director BMW Group Plant Munich, adds: “Munich is the beating heart of BMW. The plant in Munich is innovative and adaptable. As in the 1960s, a Neue Klasse is again laying the foundation, on which our plant is reinventing itself. The fact that this comprehensive transformation is taking place at the same time as roughly 1,000 vehicles per day are currently being manufactured is common practice in Munich and is possible thanks to the outstanding performance of all our employees. We are delighted to be guiding the Munich plant into a fully-electric future – starting with the Neue Klasse sedan.”
BMW Group Plant Munich is an ideal example of the seamless transition into the era of electromobility. 2015 saw the first plug-in hybrid models of the BMW 3 Series produced on the same production line s the internal combustion models and then in 2021 the BMW i4 became the first all-electric vehicle to be produced on the same production line. Now, in 2024, every second vehicle that comes off the production line in Munich has an all-electric drive system.
From 2026, production of the Neue Klasse will initially run parallel to production of current models and then, from the end of 2027, BMW Group’s parent plant will be the first existing site in the global production network to manufacturer exclusively all-electric vehicles. 75 years after the launch of the BMW 501 in 1952, the era of vehicles with combustion engines in Munich will end.
Currently there are already changes underway, with large construction sites evidence of the beginning of the turnaround. The €650 million investment comprises four new buildings, including a new vehicle assembly line with logistics areas and a new body shop.
There has also been an effort to create space within the limited floorspace at the plant, which lies in the heart of Munich, by relocating some of the traditional engine manufacturing to Hams-Hall in the UK and Steyr in Austria. 1200 employees have already been trained in different production strategies in Munich or have been able to move within the production network. The extensive reorientation of the plant secures a long-term future for the site in Munich and is also a significant investment in Bavaria as an industrial location.