BMW Breaks Ground on New Battery Factory In South Carolina

The BMW Group has broken ground on a new high-voltage battery assembly factory in Woodruff, South Carolina. Plant Woodruff will produce sixth-generation batteries for fully electric vehicles which will be produced at the nearby Spartanburg plant.

“We’re making the BMW Group electric. Our new battery assembly plant in Woodruff will soon play an important role in our electric future here in the USA,” said Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources and Real Estate. “Through the Woodruff plant, we expand our footprint in the state of South Carolina. At the same time, we are taking our associates with us in this transformation. Our new Technical Training Center at the Spartanburg plant will prepare our 11,000 associates for the future. In this way, we are taking responsibility as a reliable employer and offer future-proof jobs at the same time.”

“Today’s groundbreaking is the start of a new era at Plant Spartanburg as we prepare to produce fully electric BMW X models for the world,” said Dr. Robert Engelhorn, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “The road to the future begins here in Woodruff as we build on our legacy of producing high-quality vehicles right here in the U.S. Plant Woodruff will be state-of-the-art in terms of sustainability, flexibility, and digitalization.”

BMW announced a new $1.7B investment in its U.S. operations, one billion of which will support Plant Spartanburg in its production of EVs. The Woodruff plant, which will have an estimated build cost of about $700M, will be more than one million square feet in size and will employ about 300 workers when operational.