The BMW iX3 is the third model of the BMW Group to be powered fully electronically. By the year 2025, the annual production capacity of the e-drive housings in Steyr, the largest engine plant operated by BMW in the world, will be increased to 460,000 units. The electric drive housing with a weight of about 22 kilogrammes stands out because the electric motor, gearbox and power electronics are encompassed in one single drive component. Different sizes and performance levels can be manufactured on one assembly line.
In addition to manufacturing the electric drive housings, the plant in Austria also has expertise in the development of the new electric drive systems, which are precisely analysed on an acoustic test bench. Moreover, sound measurements provide important insights into the further optimisation of components. The extensive investments in electromobility and series production of the e-drive housings enable the BMW Group Plant Steyr to further strengthen its importance in the global BMW Group production network.
Research on efficient drives has been conducted at the BMW Group plant in Steyr since 1980. Engines have been produced at the facility since 1982. During this time, the BMW Group has invested around € 7.5 billion in Austria. Today, some 4,500 people are employed at the Steyr site. With over 1.2 million gasoline and diesel engines produced annually, Steyr is the number one engine location within the BMW Group. In total, the BMW Group in Austria has more than 5,200 employees, generating revenue of about € 7 billion in the year 2019.
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