BMW’s new $1 billion Mexico plant will solely rely on renewable energy to become BMW’s most efficient factory. The new plant in San Luis Potosi in central Mexico held a ground-breaking ceremony two weeks ago. The next generation BMW 3 Series is one of the models to be built in Mexico which will use treated wastewater to paint them.
The plant will have a capacity of up to 150,000 cars a year and will rely entirely both on wind and solar power. BMW says it will require the least amount of water per car produced among the group’s 32 global plants, featuring a closed-circuit cooling tower in the body shop and zero process wastewater in the paint shop.
“In 2019, Mexico will have the most sophisticated, sustainable and state-of-the-art plant at the BMW Group,” said group manufacturing boss Oliver Zipse. “Three years from now, hundreds of premium vehicles will be produced at this site every day.”
BMW’s latest advancements in car manufacturing will be part of the Mexican factory, built with 3D designed plans, and for the first time using digital 3D-scanning technology.
Around 1,500 jobs will be created by BMW while employing 120 local suppliers.