BMW Begins Construction of the Woodruff Plant, It Will Build Batteries for the Brand's EVs

BMW is building a plant that will play a key role in the premium carmaker's intention to go electric. The Germans invested $1.7 billion in their US operations. $1 billion went into the Spartanburg plant, while $700 million were steered toward building the Woodruff battery plant.
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BMW has just kicked off the construction of the high-voltage battery assembly plant in Woodruff, South Carolina. The first steel to be erected at the construction site was signed by BMW managers and representatives from the city of Woodruff, Spartanburg County, and Evans Construction.

Right after the signing, workers installed the first beam and started the construction of the battery production center. As announced in October 2022, the facility received a $700 million investment, while a whole $1 billion was invested in the Spartanburg plant, which will progressively be converted into an EV manufacturing center. By 2030, BMW intends to build at least six fully electric models for the American market.

The plant will be completed by 2026, and that is when it will start producing the sixth-generation battery packs for the cars that will roll off the assembly line at BMW Manufacturing. Located on 315 acres of land near the city, it will include the construction of a technology building and support buildings, which will host a cafeteria, a fire department, and an energy center.

The move will create more than 300 jobs onsite, in a production center set to be – as BMW claims – state-of-the-art in terms of sustainability, flexibility, and digitalization, BMW claims.

The construction flow will start with BMW purchasing battery cells from partner AESC, which is currently building a new 30 GWh battery cell factory in Florence, South Carolina. BMW will be the first customer of AESC. They will produce round lithium-ion battery cells, which will be specifically designed for the sixth generation of BMW eDrive technology.

Once they are completed, the battery cells will be shipped to the Woodruff plant. That is where they will be used to manufacture batteries for the BMW EVs at Spartanburg. Nearly 60 percent of the vehicles built there are shipped to about 120 global markets. All these figures make BMW Manufacturing the largest BMW Group plant in the world, producing more than 1,500 vehicles each day.

The factory has an annual production capacity of up to 450,000 vehicles, with six BMW X models, five Motorsport X models, and three plug-in hybrid electric vehicle X models seeing the light of day there. The iX3, iX4, iX5, iX6, iX7, and iXM will be made there as well. Last year, the center celebrated a major milestone: it produced six million BMWs in 30 years since it was founded.

More than 11,000 people are currently working for BMW Manufacturing.
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