Automakers are striving to cut down on emissions across the manufacturing process. That is why, the BMW Group has announced its Debrecen factory will be the company’s first CO2-free vehicle plant.
To be operational in 2025, the assembly facility will be the home of the Neue Klasse models. These will be completely new cars that will ride on a platform primarily intended for purely electric vehicles. However, NE-based BMWs will still accept combustion engines, but only small ones. The newly built Debrecen plant has been tasked to fabricate the new wave of models. All of them will come to life using only renewable energy.
The first completely fossil fuel-free plant is a steppingstone to BMW’s plan to drastically reduce emissions.
Emissions generated during the production process will be reduced by 80% compared to 2019 levels.
Most of the energy needed to assemble Neue Klasse cars will be generated on-site, with the remainder coming from nearby sources. According to the BMW, its new iFACTORY production strategy will be applied across its manufacturing plant network, from the 100-year-old plant in Munich to the upcoming Debrecen facility.
The factory in Debrecen will be the very first of the industry to completely do away with fossil energy sources in its production processes. The first electric vehicle to roll off the assembly line will be an electric equivalent of the 3 Series. However, it won’t be the i3 Sedan recently launched in China as that model is based on the CLAR platform borrowed from the ICE-powered 3er. The Debrecen-built vehicle will be developed from the ground up, without any connections to past models.