BMW AG has announced that they will be hiring 2,000 more people at their Dingolfing factory in Germany as part of their push to “emerge winner” in the automotive industry’s transition towards autonomous and electric vehicles.
In preparation for series production of the upcoming iNEXT electric SUV, BMW AG has announced the expansion of e-drive production at their Dingolfing factory. According to BMW, extensive investments are already being made all around the Dingolfing plant to prepare for the electric SUV, as the vehicle is expected to be among the automaker’s “major milestones on the road to future mobility.”
Ilka Horstmeier, the new director of the BMW AG’s Dingolfing plant, commented on the automaker’s future goals for electrification, stating:
“We want to, and will, emerge as a winner in our industry’s technological transformation. And we will continue to pioneer future topics such as e-mobility and autonomous driving. We will increase the number of Dingolfing-based jobs in the production of e-drive components several times over in the next few years – to a total of up to 2,000.”
With series production of the iNEXT, BMW’s the first all-electric BMW to be produced in Dingolfing, beginning in 2021, Horstmeier added:
“The BMW iNEXT brings together all key automotive technologies: it is fully electric, fully connected and highly automated. It is the technology flagship for the future of the entire BMW Group. And we are proud that this car of the future will be built here at our plant.
“With the production launch of the new BMW 7 Series in March and further model variants of the BMW 8 Series, our Dingolfing plant is making a major contribution to BMW’s model initiative in the luxury segment and to the Group’s profitability this year.
“Even though the general conditions were not always favorable, we managed to make 2018 a successful business year with another sales record for the BMW Group. With almost 330,000 cars produced, the Dingolfing plant once again made a major contribution to this accomplishment.”
In 2018, roughly 30,000 plug-in hybrids of the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series rolled off the assembly lines at the Dingolfing plant, marking the plant as BMW’s largest European production site in terms of production output.