German automaker BMW has announced that it is preparing its Leipzig factory to manufacture electric vehicles.
The EVs are expected to begin production in 2013.
The news comes just a month after the company revealed its Active-E concept car at this year's Detroit Auto Show, which is one of two vehicles expected to be produced in Leipzig. (The other is a subcompact city car with the working name, "Megacity Vehicle.")
Opened in 2005 and designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Leipzig factory features a production line that extends directly through administrative offices.
"The BMW Group will build the car of the future in Leipzig with high-tech innovations from Bavaria," said BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer in prepared remarks. "The main reasons behind this decision are the qualities that Germany has to offer: we have a tried and tested production network here and high levels of education and outstanding competencies at our disposal."
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