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BMW unveils new all-electric iX3 SUV with 400km of range and 150 kW charging

BMW has unveiled its next all-electric vehicle – the BMW iX3 at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing. The IX3 looks just like a “normal” SUV but under the “hood” is a new electric motor that develops 270 horsepower and a 70-kwh lithium-ion battery pack. This gives the iX3 a range of up to 400kms and it can charge at up to 150 kw which means a fast charge station will refill 80 percent of the battery charge in 30 minutes

The German luxury car company went on to say that the all-electric iX3 SUV that will be first produced in Shenyang, China by its BMWBrilliance joint venture. That the production of the iX3 will be in China is a sign of the increasing influence the country wields over the automotive industry and particularly EVs. It’s the largest car market in the world and it’s certainly the biggest for all-electric cars at the moment. BMW expect the iX3 to be released in 2020.

Here are some more details from the press release:-

The BMW Group is pushing ahead with its electrification strategy by extending the reach of its all-electric mobility offering to the company’s core brands. The BMW Concept iX3 – presented for the first time at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing – offers a look ahead to the expansion of the model line-up in this area.

The first model from the BMW brand to be driven purely by electric power will be a fully-fledged Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The BMW Concept iX3 underscores the BMW Group’s resolve to further strengthen its leading position in the field of electric mobility.

Among the innovations showcased in the BMW Concept iX3 is the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology. A key benefit of this electric drive technology of the future is the grouping together of the electric motor, transmission and power electronics within a new, separate electric drive component. Plus, the fifth-generation electric drive system also includes new and more powerful batteries. This fresh package of technology brings considerable advances in terms of performance characteristics, operating range, weight, packaging space and flexibility – and will be making its debut in the purely electrically-driven SAV.

The fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology is distinguished by its extremely compact design. The electric motor, transmission and power electronics are now grouped into a single component, making it much easier to integrate them into different vehicle architectures. Plus, their modular construction enables them to be adapted to the performance levels required and the available space. Another notable element is that the electric motor does not need any rare earths, which means the BMW Group is not dependent on their availability.

BMW Concept iX3 with more than 200 kW/270 hp electric motor and a WLTP range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles).
The BMW Concept iX3 represents another milestone on the road to locally emission-free driving under the BMW Group’s electrification strategy. And so a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) once again blazes a trail for a new and groudbreaking form of BMW’s fabled driving pleasure. The current BMW

X5 xDrive40e iPerformance (petrol consumption combined: 3.4 – 3.3 l/100 km [83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp]; electric power consumption combined:
15.4 – 15.3 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 78 – 77 g/km) made its debut in 2015 as the BMW core brand’s first plug-in hybrid model. And the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 presented in 2009 was the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe with a full-hybrid drive system.

The BMW Concept iX3 previews the fusion of the multi-faceted driving pleasure for which BMW X models are renowned and a locally emission-free drive system. The version of the fifth-generation electric motor developed for the SAV generates maximum output of over 200 kW/270 hp. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SAV a range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles) in the WLTP cycle.

Another feature of the high-voltage battery developed for the fifth generation of eDrive technology is its optimised charging capability. The energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit and is designed to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. The high- voltage battery can be charged in just 30 minutes from one of these stations.

Credit: BMW