BMW Presents All-Electric BMW Concept iX3
BMW is now extending electric mobility to its core brand as well. With its Concept iX3 prototype, BMW presents an all-electric SUV powered by the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology. The new drive should later be suitable for use in other platforms for all front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive variants as well. This electric SUV can be identified by features such as the linked "kidneys" at the front, which no longer serve a ventilation function.
The standard BMW X3’s flexible architecture was modified with a rear-axle sub-frame developed specifically for the iX3, as well as newly designed chassis integration. For the first time, the electric motor, transmission and power electronics are combined in a single unit. The electric motor has an output exceeding 200 kilowatts (270 hp) and requires no rare earth elements, according to BMW. Designed specifically for the iX3, the traction battery features a net capacity of over 70 kWh and should permit a range of more than 400 kilometres in the WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle. The iX3’s charging connection is designed for fast charging stations rated up to 150 kilowatts, allowing the battery to be recharged in 30 minutes.