BMW expands EV production in China by opening a new plant in Shenyang
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BMW expands EV production in China by opening a new plant in Shenyang.

BMW has invested $2.24 billion in this plant, and it is fully flexible to produce up to 100% EVs.

The BMW Group has expanded its production footprint in China with the opening of Plant Lydia in Shenyang, China.

Plant Lydia is the biggest single investment project in the history of the BMW Group in China. BMW has invested RMB 15 billion($2.24 billion) in this plant. It is located in the Tiexi District of Shenyang and has all four major production processes (press and body shop, paint shop, and assembly).

After the opening of this plant, BMW’s annual production capacity at the Shenyang production base has increased to 830,000 units. Also, Plant Lydia is fully flexible to produce up to 100% electric vehicles.

The production of the all-new BMW i3 – BMW’s first all-electric mid-size sports sedan for the Chinese market – started at Plant Lydia in May.

Plant Lydia is also considered a Metaverse plant. It is BMW’s first plant that is thoroughly planned and simulated in a virtual environment. Every detail of the entire production process is designed virtually and then happens in the real world.

The BMW Group has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions through the entire lifecycle per vehicle by 40% by 2030 compared to 2019, which includes an 80% carbon reduction at the production level. Therefore, the concept of sustainability is also reflected in Plant Lydia.

The new production site uses first-class building materials, including advanced insulation, to keep the rooms warm in winter and cool in summer while reducing energy consumption. In addition, the plant’s workshops are equipped with state-of-the-art production equipment, such as electric-powered welding guns and ovens in the Body Shop that utilise renewable electricity supply to reduce emissions.

Currently, the entire BMW Shenyang production base uses 100% renewable electricity. It has 290,000 square meters of solar panels. These solar panels can generate 44,000 MWh of electricity annually. The solar panel expansion will continue in the coming years, with an area of 120,000sqm under construction at Plant Lydia.

The new plant Lydia and its neighbouring plants in Tiexi and Dadong will play an essential role in accelerating the production of BMW electrified vehicles in China.

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