BMW charges up for extra battery assembly at South Carolina factory

Spartanburg production facility more than doubles capacity in preparation for plug-in hybrid models

BMW adds extra battery capacity to US plantBMW has completed upgrades at the Group Plant Spartanburg facility, offering expanded capacity to assemble batteries for electrified models

With two new plug-in hybrid SUVs due to begin production this year, getting the company’s South Carolina factory ready for action has been a priority. 

A brand-new assembly line means the factory has more than doubled the amount of battery units it can produce, should demand require it. 

BMW adds extra battery capacity to US plantProduction of the new 2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e is expected to begin on August 1st, whilst the smaller 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e is scheduled for December 2019. 

The facility already has existing experience with plug-in hybrid models, having been responsible for building the previous X5 xDrive40e between 2015 and 2018. Some 45,000 batteries were assembled during this period, marking the first plug-in hybrid as part of the regular model range. 

BMW Group has made a substantial investment in Plant Spartanburg, spending some $10 million on the expanded production line. The company has trained more than 120 employees to work on battery production, with 225 others gaining skills in plug-in hybrid vehicle construction.

BMW adds extra battery capacity to US plantFirst opened in July 1994, BMW Group Plant Spartanburg now employs more than 11,000 workers, and is supported by more than 300 part suppliers from across the United States.

With an average of over 1,400 new cars and SUVs leaving the factory every single day, Spartanburg has churned out more than 4.6 million vehicles since first opening.

U.S. Department of Commerce statistics for 2018 showed BMW to be the largest automotive exporter by value in the United States. 

The X3 and X5 SUVs have traditionally featured in the list of best-selling BMW models in the USA. This popularity, in combination with enhanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain options, looks set to keep Spartanburg busy for the foreseeable future at least.

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