BMW increases production of the i models

BMW Plant Leipzig extension ceremony

BMW has announced that by autumn of this year, the production of the i models will increase from 130 to 200 daily units. This represents an increase of 54 percent.


Production of BMW i models will rise much earlier, in autumn of this year, from 130 to 200 units a day to meet the welcome growth in demand.


The expansion is already under way.


The BMW Group is to invest more than €300 million in its Leipzig plant. Comprehensive construction work to extend and update the body and paint shops, assembly and logistics is already under way, laying the foundation for continued growth and the production of future models in Leipzig.


During this year, not only the production rate of the i models will increase, but also the battery capacities will get a boost. The 2019 BMW i3 will have its battery upgraded from 33,4 to 42,6 kWh and the 2019 BMW i8 from 7,1 to 11,6 kWh.

This is only possible thanks to the opening of the new Samsung SDI battery plant in Europe (Hungary) this year.

As it seems, 40 kWh is becoming the minimal battery capacity acceptable in modern electric cars.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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3 years ago

Woow 1400 bmw i3 per week. While some one is getting crazy if tesla does. Not arrives to 5000!!!!! Units per week. Incredible

3 years ago
Reply to  Francesc

“i models”, not only i3 🙂 In 2017 BMW sold 33 676 i cars. Even if they increase this number by 50% it won’t be very impressive. And also, it is not 1400 bmw i3 + i8 a week but only 1000. They work only 5 days a week, it seems.

3 years ago

If only we had Union-wide subsidies of EUR 7,500 for 200,000 new BEVs with “at least” 40 kWh battery… production would ramp up much more rapidly, in the UK, France, Germany, Spain.

3 years ago

So, they feel confident that 40 KWH will be selling 54% more. How about 60 kwh?

Carlos Carvalho
3 years ago

7000 vehicles per year an ocean droplet.

3 years ago

I wonder what happens with the i3 REX. Is it still relevant when the battery alone can take you quite far? The added range from the petrol engine is rather small compared to a 42 kWh battery. Having more range on electricity than on petrol turns the PHEV concept on its head.

3 years ago
Reply to  Henrik

As long as people buy the i3 REX, they will produce it. I actually think it is a good concept, I would never buy a BMW i3 myself, but the idea is good. We need electric cars with a range extender in the case that the battery range is not sufficient, we don’t need ICE cars with an electric assistance engine.

Roger Colbeck
3 years ago
Reply to  Henrik

No it doesn’t turn it on its head. The REX is equivalent to about another 20kWh but can be refueled in 2 minutes from millions of locations compared to 30minutes from far fewer locations. Personally I would prefer if they doubled the gas tank too though.
It is the other PHEVs that are not meeting market demand with too low an EV range.

Richard P
3 years ago

Henrik, BMW i3 was never a hybrid. It is an EV with a backup charger on board. It is like having a small, 5 liter canister on board – a very pricey one.
I hope they will use that space and put some batteries in there.
With a 22 kWh battery and a 130 km EPA range, this make sense back then. At 42,6 kWh on board and 200-250 km real-world range, that little ICE engine just adds complexity and cost and basically becomes obsolete.
But production numbers?
The whole BMW I fleet (including plug-in hybrids) should get to 200 per day or close 5.000 per month. OK.
Tesla? Per month, about 4.000 Model X and close to 5.000 Model S, both being averages from 2017.
Model 3? Getting that number in two months and doubling it by the end of the year.
To round up, about 5.000 BMWs and 20.000 new Teslas per month.
Guess which ones you will see more in 2019 on the roads.

3 years ago

I sort of agree with Richard. It’s an Ev with a backup charger… In my mind it’s should have created the standard for what is allowed to be called a “PHEV”.

Pedro, do we know which companies that’s gonna order from SAMSUNG SDI? Is it only BMW at this point or does PSA (Corsa, 208) or WV/Skoda (E-up/Citigo E) have intentions to strike a deal with Samsung?

3 years ago

We tend to forget the one big issue with EVs, and that is battery tech and costs. As battery prices come down, prices of EVs should follow. But until an EV costs are comparable to ice cars, the ramp up will be moderate. As others have stated, the US government tax credit will eventually go away, but hopefully by then the actual prices of EVs will have also dropped accordingly

3 years ago

I believe the e-Golf has 264 cells, so wouldn’t that be 48.8 kWh? (or 48,84 kWh in Europe)?

3 years ago
Reply to  Barry

Oops, you didn’t write e-Golf. Sorry – I’m mistaken.