BMW starts production at new $2.2 bln China plant to boost electric vehicles output

BMW i3 eDrive35L - BMW starts production at new $2.2 bln China plant to boost electric vehicles output

BMW i3 eDrive35L. (Photo: BMW)

announced it has started production of at a new factory in built with an investment of $2.24 billion. The plant is BMW’s third production facility in China and is expected to accelerate production of electric vehicles in one of its biggest markets.

The plant, located in the northeastern city of Shenyang, Liaoning province, is expected to increase BMW’s annual production in China to 830,000 vehicles from 700,000 in 2021, the company said.

The plant is designed to be capable of producing vehicles according to market demand on its flexible manufacturing line, BMW said.

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The first to be produced at the assembly facility will be the i3, a mid-size electric sports , BMW said.

China is the world’s largest electric vehicle market with Tesla and local electric vehicle makers such as BYD dominating the market with sales more than doubling from last year.

Meanwhile, although old automotive manufacturers such as General Motors and Volkswagen have released their electric vehicle models, they are still lagging behind Tesla and local competitors.

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From January to May this year, nearly a quarter of cars sold in China were powered by batteries, according to data from the China Association of Automotive Manufacturers.

In China, BMW sold 208,507 vehicles in the first quarter, marking a 9.2% decline from a year ago.