BMW Celebrates Building Its 100,000th i3 With A Giant Battery Farm

It’s been about four years since BMW started manufacturing the i3. And in that span of time, it’s produced 100,000 of them.

The milestone was celebrated at the plant in Leipzig, Germany, where the Bavarian automaker assembles its dedicated range of electric vehicles.

The plant churns out i3s at a rate of over 120 units each day, totaling 26,631 last year alone. It also handles production of the i8 at a rate of eight to ten per day, for a total of 2,783 in 2016. The next addition to the range will be the i8 Roadster, set for release next year.

BMW also produces the 1 Series and 2 Series at the plant in Leipzig. Porsche also assembles the Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan at its own plant in the same city, the largest in the federal state of Saxony and the tenth largest city in Germany.

“We are proud of the 100,000th BMW i3 built by our plant in Leipzig. The BMW i3 is the original, a true technological pioneer,” said BMW chairman Harald Krüger. “In the interests of sustainability, today we are also presenting a concept for the second use of BMW i3 high-voltage batteries. With our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, we are looking far beyond the car itself and driving change in our industry with totally new approaches and business models.”

The battery storage farm in Leipzig uses the decommissioned power packs from as many as 700 i3s to absorb surplus power from the local grid and supply it back when electricity production is low.

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  • Kannag Don Amenra

    Tesla may have started the game but in the long term, I reckon the mainstream ICE manufacturers may succeed at actually making a profit while producing electric cars for the masses.

    • LWOAP

      Yep. Elon Musk is just burning money like there’s no tomorrow.

      • TheBelltower

        Burning money to develop the capacity to accommodate hundreds of thousands of backorders. If only GM, Ford, VW, Toyota and all the other established automakers could figure out how to do that, they’d be burning through money building manufacturing infrastructure also.

        • LWOAP

          619 million dollar loss in not something to be proud of. They’re just wasting money.

          • TheBelltower

            That doesn’t make any sense. The money is being spent on building the company. No one expected Tesla to be profitable by now.

          • LWOAP

            Yes, it does make sense. You’re just being a brain dead fanboy. Stop making up excuses for Tesla. They’ve been around for how long and they are burning through money as if there was no tomorrow. That’s just poor management.
            They’ve had plenty of time to build up the company.

          • TheBelltower

            “Braindead fanboy?” I think we are done. Child. Learn to have a conversation, and then you can sit at the table with the adults.

    • TheBelltower

      BMW isn’t making money off the i3. It’s a great little car, but It’s niche. And because of the various technology and manufacturing processes they developed for it, the i3/i8 cost 2X as much in R&D than BMW’s conventional cars. But what they have developed for the i3/i8 is now being used in their mainstream cars.

  • Rocc E. Normyss

    More electric car articles… yawn.

    • Bash

      I’m afraid more will come… sooner or later, and you know it, we all know it.

  • Considering all the press surround the i3’s poor sales, this is actially an impressive figure. Congrats BMW!