The BMW Group’s Steyr facility has reached a major milestone with the completion of recent manufacturing halls devoted to the way forward for e-drive manufacturing. Initiated in September 2022, the development section culminated in a topping-out ceremony precisely one yr later, showcasing the 60,000 sq. meters of manufacturing area inside the 105 by 150-meter constructing. “The event and setup of our manufacturing facility for the Neue Klasse e-drives are progressing precisely as deliberate. We at the moment are embarking on the subsequent essential section, which is simply as difficult as the development of the manufacturing halls,” said Helmut Hochsteiner, the Head of Electrical Drives on the BMW Group web site in Steyr.
In preparation for the pre-series manufacturing set to begin in July of this yr, the subsequent few months will see the set up of roughly 300 items of plant and equipment, many custom-built for this undertaking. These embody an unlimited array of kit sizes, from smaller models to the numerous ‘marriage’ station extending over 30 meters. This station will make use of 4 robots and extra methods to connect the transmission to the principle motor effectively.
Klaus von Moltke, Senior Vice President of Engine Manufacturing at BMW AG and Plant Director of Steyr, highlighted the undertaking’s monetary scope: “Our funding of over 500 million euros within the Steyr facility’s plant and tools underscores the BMW Group’s dedication to this web site. We’re on observe to begin collection manufacturing of e-drives for the Neue Klasse by autumn of 2025.”
The meeting corridor’s first piece of kit, a crane for shifting energy electronics elements from the first-floor clear room—the place inverters are assembled—to the bottom ground for remaining meeting, was put in on the finish of January. This setup paves the way in which for the mixing of the inverter and e-drive. By 2030, the BMW Group plans to speculate round 1 billion euros in e-drive manufacturing at Steyr, aiming to supply over 600,000 e-drives yearly alongside diesel and petrol engines.