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BMW plans additional shifts for the i4 e-car

BMW plans additional shifts for the i4 e-car

BMW i4 series production

The main factory in Munich is manufacturing more electric cars.

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Munich car maker BMW It plans to introduce additional shifts at the Munich plant due to high demand for the i4 all-electric coupe. A BMW spokeswoman said on Wednesday there were talks with the work council. One possibility, for example, is to work on Saturdays plus two shifts a day from Monday to Friday.

The newspaper “Wirtschaftswoche” reported that the waiting time for the i4 order was already nine months. That’s why BMW wants to deliver Saturday shifts in Munich in the first quarter.

BMW spokespeople said demand for the i4 was “higher than expected”, and waiting times continued into the second quarter of 2022. Production of the large coupes, those with electric cars from BMW Tesla The competitions, which began at the end of October – a little earlier than originally planned. According to sales manager Peter Nota, there are currently a large number of five-digit orders for the i4 in Europe.

To date, about 1,000 cars of 3 and 4 are manufactured in Munich every day. The all-electric i4 is now coming out of the same line as the 3 and 4 Series with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines. Vehicles differ mainly in their electric motor and battery.

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In theory, the i4 could also be built at BMW’s plant in Mexico, where the Series 3 and 4 also roll off the assembly line. A spokeswoman said this could not be implemented in the short term due to the necessary systems and staff training, and there were no concrete plans. However, it is possible to create more capacity for the i4 in Munich by moving orders for three to other locations.

The production of the new electric car is less affected by semiconductor bottlenecks: it has a “certain priority” in the group, as the director of the Munich plant Peter Weber said at the start of production.

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