The BMW Group is investing €400 million in a new vehicle assembly at its main plant located in Munich, Germany, and concentrating its European production activities for internal combustion engines at the Steyr and Hams Hall locations. “We are systematically implementing our electrification strategy. By the end of 2022, each of our German plants will be producing at least one fully electric vehicle”, said Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW, responsible for Production. According to BMW, the realignment of the production network is based on three priorities; transformation towards electromobility and digitalisation, efficiency of processes and structures, and sustainability in production and logistics.

The German automotive Group said it has reduced resource consumption and CO2 emissions in vehicle production by 50% since 2006, “which is much more than other European manufacturers”. The amount of CO2 generated per vehicle is to be reduced by another 40% from 2019 levels by 2025 and 80% by 2030. “Sustainability is a fundamental aspect of modern production”, said Nedeljković. “By the end of this year, our plants worldwide will obtain their electricity exclusively, 100%, from renewable energy sources.”

In addition to using renewable energies, BMW said that water, solvent, gas and electricity consumption will also be further reduced. For instance, the Group said it is using data analytics to minimise machines’ power consumption, and that the amount of waste per vehicle is also continuously decreasing.