First of its kind and innovation driver for sustainable mobility: 200 000 BMW i3 produced to date.

BMW:First of its kind and innovation driver for sustainable mobility: 200 000 BMW i3 produced to date.

Munich. The BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.0
l/100 km; combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) is sustainably on course for success
– in both senses of the word. Almost seven years after its market
launch, the purely electrically powered and thus locally emission-free
compact model is still in continuous high demand. At the BMW Group
plant in Leipzig, the 200 000th BMW i3 model rolled off the production
line yesterday – almost silently as always. The BMW i3s (combined fuel
consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption:
14.6 – 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)
with Fluid Black metallic paint finish and accents in BMW i Blue was
produced for a customer from Saxony and will be delivered by the BMW
branch in Leipzig.

The BMW i3 with 125 kW/170 hp and BMW i3s with 135 kW/184 hp are
built in Leipzig for the entire world market on a dedicated production
line and by specially trained employees. With the start of production
in 2013, the plant in Saxony became a pioneer and centre of excellence
for sustainable mobility. The BMW i3 was the BMW Group’s first purely
electrically powered large-scale serial model and also the company’s
first vehicle with a passenger cell made of carbon fibre reinforced
plastic (CFRP). The Life module made of CFRP is part of a vehicle
architecture specific to BMW i and designed for electric mobility from
the outset. It is shaped in Leipzig from carbon fibre scrims and
assembled in a unique process developed by the BMW Group. This is
followed by the union with the drive module, the aluminium chassis,
which bears the drive, chassis and high-voltage battery.
State-of-the-art manufacturing processes ensure that the body
construction and assembly of the BMW i3 in Leipzig takes only about
half the time required for conventional vehicles.

BMW i3 as innovation driver for electric mobility and
lightweight construction.

The success of the BMW i3 and the experience gained in developing and
manufacturing it have significantly boosted progress in the fields of
electric mobility and lightweight construction. In this way the BMW i
brand has become the workshop of the future for the entire company.
The drive of the BMW i3s now also powers the MINI Cooper SE (fuel
consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption:
16.8 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) to
provide purely electric driving joy. In addition, the gross energy
content of the high-voltage storage unit was almost doubled from
initially 22.6 to 42.2 kWh without changing its size. The range of the
BMW i3 thus increased to between 285 and 310 kilometres in the WLTP
test cycle.

Based on the know-how acquired with the BMW i3, numerous innovations
have also been achieved in the fields of drive, power electronics and
charging technology. The fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology is
now ready for series production. It is used, among other things, in
the new technology flagship of the BMW Group, the BMW iNEXT, which
will be manufactured at the BMW Group plant in Dingolfing, with
components from the BMW plant Landshut, from 2021 onwards. The
high-tech material CFRP is for example now also contributing to
intelligent lightweight construction in the BMW 7 Series.

Leipzig as a location for the future: Battery module
production to start in 2021.

The BMW Group plant in Leipzig will continue to make a significant
contribution to expanding electric mobility in the future. The site
will become part of the BMW Group’s international production network
for battery modules as early as 2021. By 2022, the BMW Group will
invest more than 100 million euros in establishing battery module
production in Leipzig. In future, the lithium-ion cells supplied, will
be assembled into standardised modules in a highly automated process.
These will then be assembled together with the connections to the
vehicle, the control units and the cooling units in an aluminium
housing specific to each model. By 2022 more than 150 employees will
be working in the battery module production in Leipzig.

In this way, the expertise gained at this BMW i3 production site is
consistently used for manufacturing electrified vehicles in Germany.
The BMW Group plant in Leipzig, where in addition to the BMW i3,
models of the BMW 1 and 2 Series with conventional and plug-in hybrid
drive are also manufactured, is thus even more comprehensively
equipped for the “Power of Choice” approach in the company’s
model strategy in the future.

Pioneer for premium electric mobility in the city and for an
overall understanding of sustainability.

The BMW i3 was developed as a revolutionary new vehicle concept for
individual mobility in urban areas. With the BMW i3, the BMW Group has
provided significant impetus for change in the field of inner-city
transport, which has also inspired other car manufacturers to devote
more attention to electric mobility. Today, the BMW i3 is not only
still the best-selling premium car in its segment, but also a
world-renowned symbol of locally emission-free driving in the city and
for commuting between home and work.

According to a 2019 study by the German Automobile Club (ADAC),
customers benefit not only from ecological but also from significant
economic advantages. According to the calculations, the total costs
for a BMW i3 or BMW i3s are on average around 20 percent lower than
for a BMW model with a combustion engine that is comparable in terms
of engine performance and equipment. All expenditures for the
acquisition, operation and depreciation of the vehicles were taken
into account, with a holding period of five years each and a total
mileage of 75 000 kilometres. Thanks to the now increased state
subsidies for electrified vehicles, the lead of the BMW i3 and the BMW
i3s in terms of economy is currently even greater.

In addition, the BMW i3 represents a new understanding of premium
mobility, which is also strongly characterised by sustainability
beyond the purely electric drive. Its roof is made of recycled CFRP at
the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. Painting its plastic outer skin
requires 75 percent less energy and 70 percent less water compared to
conventional processes. 25 percent of the materials used for the
thermoplastic exterior parts were either recycled or produced from
renewable resources. A high proportion of renewable raw materials and
recycled materials is also used in the interior. Production of the BMW
i3 at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig is 100 per cent CO2
neutral. Wind turbines on the factory premises supply the electricity
required for production.

The outstanding life cycle assessment of the BMW i3 has already been
confirmed by an ISO certificate issued by independent auditors
immediately after its market launch. To this end, experts from TÜV Süd
analysed all relevant data and evaluations, from which the
environmental balance of the BMW i3 for the entire vehicle life cycle
was derived, from raw material extraction and production to use and
recycling. According to the study, the use of energy from the EU-25
electricity mix already resulted in a greenhouse gas potential reduced
by around 30 percent compared to similar vehicles with conventional
drive systems. When operated exclusively with regeneratively generated
energy, such as wind or solar power, the CO2 footprint was
even reduced by more than 50 percent.

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power
consumption were measured using the methods required according to
Regulation VO (EC) 2007/715 as amended. The figures are calculated
using a vehicle fitted with basic equipment in Germany, the ranges
stated take into account differences in selected wheel and tyre sizes
as well as the optional equipment. They may change during configuration.

The figures have already been calculated based on the new WLTP test
cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. In these vehicles,
different figures than those published here may apply for the
assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also)
based on CO2 emissions.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and
official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer
to the “Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and
power consumption of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from
Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at

In case of queries, please contact:

Wieland Brúch,
Product Communication BMW i and Electromobility

Tel.: +49-89-382-72652


Kai Lichte,

Head of Communication BMW Group Plants Leipzig, Berlin, Eisenach

Tel.: +49-151-607-38000




Original Press Release