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Three months after the electric SUV IX, BMW has also started the series production of the fully electric BMW i4. In the main plant, the first vehicle ran from the band. "We come straight into the niche, which also serves Tesla with his offer," says production board Milan Nedeljković.

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The fully electric I4 runs in Munich from the same band as the 3er and 4s with gasoline, diesel and hybrid drive. The vehicles differ mainly by the electric drive and the battery. In body construction, 90 percent of existing production facilities are also used for the I4.

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of the 3er BMW is the most rising model of the Group. BMW sold around 390,000 cars of the 3rd and the derived 4 Series series this year until the end of September. Tesla is aimed at the same buyer groups with its fully electric model 3 and sold around 614,000 of these cars and the model Y derived from the same period. With a «Tesla fighter», automakers want to make a competition in the market for E-Cars industry pioneer Tesla.

new model enjoys "a certain priority"

"The start of the BMW i4 is a milestone for this work and its team on the way towards e-mobility," said Nedeljković. "From 2023, more than half of all vehicles from Munich has an electrified drive. The vast majority of it will be fully electrically motorized. » He did not do more detailed information on the targeted sales figures of the I4.

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because of the bottlenecks in the semiconductor supply BMW expects to be able to sell approximately 80,000 cars less than in demand this year. But the I4 enjoys a certain priority in the Group of semiconductor care, emphasized the Munich plant manager Peter Weber.

So far, about 7000 employees in Munich build around 1000 cars of the 3-row and 4 series and 2000 gasoline and diesel engines every day. But at the end of the year, the production of the four-cylinder engines will be relocated to Hams-Hall in England and Steyr in Austria. The number of employees in engine construction in Munich already fell by 400 to 1000. At the latest 2024 the shift of Munich engine construction should be completed.

"We managed to integrate the vehicle into our existing production system during a running production," said plant manager Weber. The reconstruction cost 200 million euros.

competitor Tesla in view

"We will invest another 400 million to produce the" new class "in the mid-20s here," said Nedeljković. The next vehicle generation, the "new class" is geared to electric drives. The construction of these vehicles with new platform, new batteries and new software should start 2025 in the planned BMW plant in Hungary and then rolled out on all the works and model classes. In 2030, BMW wants to sell around three million cars, half of them completely electric. An outlet of the electro-pioneer I3 built in Leipzig since 2012 "is not an issue for us," said the production board and referred to the continued good demand.

with a view of the bodywork at Tesla said Nedeljković: "We do not go in such great aluminum parts." At the body, BMW high strength, minimal weight and good price are crucial.

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