FRANKFURT — BMW Group said on Wednesday it might double its manufacturing capability for electric vehicle batteries at its U.S. plant in South Carolina because it ramps up manufacturing of plug-in hybrid automobiles to incorporate the X3 automobile along with the X5.
BMW stated it was investing $10 million in a brand new battery meeting line which shall be able to working in a two shift system forward of the introduction of the BMW X3 plug-in hybrid automobile by the tip of the yr.
BMW made 15,000 batteries final yr with a one shift system and at the moment produces a plug-in hybrid model of the X5 off-roader. A brand new model of the X5 shall be produced on the Spartanburg plant from August onwards, the corporate stated.
BMW stated it deliberate to make use of 120 employees to fabricate several types of batteries, and the extra employees gave it the capability to double manufacturing.
Previously 4 years BMW employees assembled 45,000 batteries, the carmaker stated.
Reporting by Edward Taylor.