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BMW’s i divi­sion is in­tro­duc­ing its first model driven purely by elec­tric power and it’s an SUV. The Con­cept iX3 is based on the all-new X3, which is an epic start­ing point if ever there was one.

The iX3 is fit­ted with BMW’s fifth­gen­er­a­tion elec­tric drive system. Due to con­tin­ued re­fine­ment, the elec­tric mo­tor, trans­mis­sion and power elec­tron­ics are all con­tained within a sep­a­rate elec­tric drive com­po­nent. The bat­ter­ies are more pow­er­ful than be­fore.

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 150kW. The high­volt­age bat­tery can be charged in just 30 min­utes from one of these sta­tions.

This smart pack­ag­ing so­lu­tion also rep­re­sents a big leap for­ward for the way BMWs are built. In the near fu­ture, mod­els from all the brands BMW owns could be equipped with dif­fer­ent drive system vari­ants. Whether that be a pure com­bus­tion engine, plug-in hy­brid drive system or bat­tery-elec­tric so­lu­tion can be in­te­grated into any model, as de­sired.

In the iX3, the elec­tric system pro­duces more than 200kW, cou­pled to a real-world driv­ing range of more than 400km.

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