BMW begins manufacturing at new $2.2 bln China plant to ramp up EV output

BMW begins manufacturing at new .2 bln China plant to ramp up EV output

A BMW iX electrical automobile (EV) is seen displayed on the BMW sales space throughout a media day for the Auto Shanghai present in Shanghai, China April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Tune

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SHANGHAI, June 23 (Reuters) – Germany’s BMW (BMWG.DE) stated on Thursday that manufacturing has formally begun at a brand new plant in China with an funding of 15 billion yuan ($2.24 billion) because the carmaker accelerates electrical automobile (EV) manufacturing.

The Lydia plant, BMW’s third automotive meeting facility in China, positioned within the northeastern metropolis of Shenyang, Liaoning province, will improve BMW’s annual output on the earth’s largest auto market to 830,000 autos from 700,000 in 2021, the corporate stated.

The plant is designed to be able to producing battery-powered electrical vehicles solely based on market demand on its versatile manufacturing traces, BMW stated.

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The primary mannequin that may roll off the Lydia plant’s manufacturing traces is the i3, a pure electrical mid-sized sports activities sedan, BMW stated, growing the vary of its EV fashions for Chinese language prospects to 13 subsequent 12 months.

Tesla (TSLA.O) and Chinese language automakers reminiscent of BYD dominate the booming EV market in China, with gross sales greater than doubling from a 12 months in the past. In the meantime kings of the inner combustion engine age reminiscent of Common Motors (GM.N) and Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) are falling behind.

Almost 1 / 4 of the vehicles bought in China within the first 5 months of this 12 months had been powered by batteries, based on information from China Affiliation of Automotive Manufactures.

In the meantime BMW bought 208,507 autos in China, its largest market, within the first quarter, marking a 9.2% drop from a 12 months in the past, based on an organization submitting.

($1 = 6.6983 Chinese language yuan renminbi)

(This story has been refiled to take away extraneous digit in paragraph 2)

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Reporting by Zhang Yan and Brenda Goh; Enhancing by Kenneth Maxwell

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