Munich – BMW wants to run its car factory in Debrecen, Hungary, exclusively with green electricity.
“The plant in Hungary should do without fossil fuels completely,” CEO Oliver Zipse told BMW’s general meeting in Munich on Wednesday. According to him, this makes it the first car plant in the world to be operated without fossil fuels.
The cornerstone for the plant in Hungary will be laid on June 1, and 26 months later, the first fully electric New Class pre-series cars roll off the assembly line there. Most of the electricity needed for production is generated directly on the premises of the plant, “otherwise we use 100% renewable energy sources,” said Zipse.
The decision not to use gas at the Debrecen plant stems from the goal of reducing CO2 emissions in production and is independent of the current supply situation, a company spokesperson said. But this also makes economic sense: “The concept ensures price stability and security of supply.”
So far, BMW has needed gas in its car factories mainly for the operation of combined heat and power plants and for ovens in the paint shop. Last year, the group consumed 3.5 million megawatt-hours of natural gas worldwide, out of a total of 6.5 million megawatt-hours of energy. Most of the CO2 emissions of 766,153 tons came from the combustion of natural gas in thermal power plants and paint shops.