BANGKOK – Mr. Christian Wiedmann, President, BMW Group Thailand told Thai media today that BMW will be taking another big step forward in our electro-mobility strategy.
BMW intends to produce battery packs in Thailand in collaboration with the Dräxlmaier Group. The packs will be used in iPerformance plug-in hybrids like the 5-series, 7-series and X5 produced in Rayong.
The start of local battery production will enable us to better respond to growing demands for electrified vehicles across ASEAN markets. The workforce has been in training at the Dingolfing plant since September and production should begin in 2019.
This new capability adds to the strengths of Plant Rayong, which has already been serving as an automotive production hub in the region. With four BMW plug-in hybrid models already rolling out from our assembly lines at Plant Rayong, local battery production will certainly complement our production of plug in-hybrids.”