BMW eyeing electric car production in Mexico

The German automaker installed a "flexible" production line, capable of manufacturing any unit of their portfolio in its new plant in San Luis Potosí, central Mexico
BMW eyeing electric car production in Mexico
A BMW i3 electric car and charger are pictured – Photo: Robert Galbraith/REUTERS
24/03/2018
09:38
Notimex
Munich
Diana Domínguez Galván
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The BMW plant in Mexico will be able to produce electric vehicles to meet the goal of the German automaker to increase its global production of electrified units to half a million in the short term.

The premium vehicle brand, which is in the final phase of construction of its plant in San Luis Potosí, central Mexico, installed a "flexible" production line, capable of manufacturing any unit of their portfolio.

It should be noted that the site of San Luis Potosí within the BMW Group production network is planned to start production in 2019.

As part of the BMW AG Annual Results Conference, Production Manager Oliver Zipse disclosed that the plant in Mexico will start producing the 3 Series Sedan in April 2019.

Oliver Zipse stressed that even though it is planned to manufacture vehicles with internal combustion, it is possible to manufacture electric units.

"The production of fully electrified cars is not available at the moment, but it would be possible to do so," he assured.

Regarding the "i" range of BMW, electrified vehicles, the CEO of the company, Harald Krüger, revealed that by 2020 it will be the iX3 SUV, and in 2019 the first electrified MINI will be revealed to the market.

Meanwhile, the new BMW i8 Roadster and the i8 Coupé will be available in the markets on May, and within the framework of this strategy, the iNext that combines autonomy in driving, connectivity, and electrification will be launched in 2021.

"We are clear about our objectives of sustainable mobility" and only this year the sale of 140 thousand electrified units is foreseen, and by the end of 2019 it is estimated to increase the number to half a million in the world, he assured

In the framework of the world conference, the spokeswoman for BMWIPaloma Brunchkhorst, said that in view of the needs for sustainable mobility of people in the world, BMW began again with its plans for people to have electric, efficient and friendly units with the environment.

It should be noted that even though the production of electric i3 is for cities, not to travel large cities, the plan of BMW is to be directed to this type of vehicles, so it makes large annual investments in research and development.

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