Debrecen 'focal point' for BMW electromobility strategy


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BMW's plant in Debrecen "will be the focal point for BMW's electromobility-based strategy in future", Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said after meeting with the German car maker's chairman, Oliver Zipse, in Munich on Wednesday.

In a video message posted on his Facebook page, Szijjártó said BMW is developing a separate platform devoted exclusively to the production of electric models, and these cars will be produced in Debrecen.

"BMW is attaching much greater significance to the factory in Debrecen than was initially planned," he added.

He said Hungary would be among the front runners in the era of electric vehicles.

Preparations for the construction of the plant in Debrecen are proceeding on schedule and all infrastructure developments the government agreed to undertake have been completed, he added.

BMW was to have started construction of a EUR 1 billion plant in Debrecen in the spring, but management revisited plans for the base because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

"In the current situation, we are carefully reviewing all our projects as a matter of principle," Zipse said in May, after the company released its first-quarter earnings. "As an example of this: since expected demand is always a relevant factor for us, we have decided to postpone the opening of the plant in Hungary by a year."

Initial plans put the plant's headcount at around 1,000, turning out about 150,000 vehicles a year.


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