The 70kWh BMW Concept iX3 will have a fifth generation BMW eDrive technology system
After a long wait and much speculation, BMW unveiled plans for its first fully electric offering as part of the I brand at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing this week.
The Concept iX3, billed as a “Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV),” joins the i3 and i8 – both of which have optional range extenders – was announced by CEO Harald Krüger in March.
BMW Concept iX3 has a fifth generation BMW eDrive technology which offers a more powerful battery and a modular platform for the electric motor, transmission and power electronics, which are combined within a new, separate electric drive component. The vehicle also features a specially developed rear axle subframe and specific chassis integration.
That motor generates maximum output of over 200 kW/270 hp.
The improved 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 km in the WLTP cycle. The battery also demonstrates optimised charging capability. The energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit and is designed to be connected to 150 kW fast-charging stations, which reduces the charging time to only 30 minutes.
The future series-production version of the SAV will also benefit from the technology that will underpin the company’s future e-powertrain, found in the BMW iNext, due to be presented in 2021.
The components of the eDrive system will be manufactured in production facilities in Dingolfing (Germany), Shenyang (China) and Spartanburg in the US.
The BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture will produce the future series-production version of the BMW Concept iX3 in Shenyang, China.