According to german magazine Auto Bild, the upcoming BMW Megacity Vehicle will create around 600 new jobs in Germany. Part of the Project i program, the MCV, short for Megacity Vehicle, will be launched in 2013.
The carbon fiber components are prefabricated at the new U.S. plant in Moses Lake, WA, used exclusively for the Megacity Vehicle, but the treatment will be completed in Wackersdorf, Bavaria. The cars will be assembled in Leipzig.
At the Leipzig plant, BMW will develop a competence center for small vehicles and electric cars. For the Megacity vehicle production, additional production lines are needed. The Leipzig plant was designed from the start to good expandability, therefore there is enough real estate space to integrate new projects.
The skills and knowledge acquired during the production of carbon vehicles could provide additional revenue at a later date, because BMW plans to sell the carbon fiber one day to other manufacturers. According to BMW, the fiber “will be the world’s most cost efficient carbon fiber plant using state-of-the-art technologies” and will “play a revolutionary role in lightweight automotive construction”.
The batteries for electric vehicles are currently under development in Munich, but the production will move to the location where the vehicles are engineered. This would mean additional jobs in Leipzig where BMW already is the largest area’s employer.[Source: Auto Bild via BimmerToday]