BMW has finally launched the iX3 SUV, the company’s first all-electric vehicle with a range of over 200 miles, and the brand’s first since the i3 launched in 2014. The iX3 is built in China and sold both there and in Europe , but it won’t come to the United States. Delivery begins at the end of this year and will be sold for around 68,000 euros.
The iX3 is in many ways a BMW X3 SUV with an electric drive train. It is the first normal-looking electric car that the German automaker has launched. While this can contribute to the normalization of the technology, it also means that BMW had to install the battery-powered drivetrain in a vehicle design that was originally developed to drive an internal combustion engine. This leaves less space for batteries, motors and other technologies than for something that has been specially developed for the electrical system.
BMW still had room for an 80 Wh battery in the iX3, which the company says will achieve a range of 285 miles per charge based on European WLTP standards, which will result in somewhat more optimistic results than the Environmental Protection tests Agency. While there is only one electric motor that drives the SUV forward, it delivers 21
The battery of the iX3 can be charged with an output of 150 kW. This means that it can be charged from 0 to 80 percent in about 34 minutes and reach a range of 100 kilometers in about 10 minutes. Although none of these specifications are market-leading, BMW seems to have at least done a better job of getting a reasonable range from the electrical engineering built into a vehicle that was originally designed to use gas than Mercedes-Benz with the EQC . (The range of the EQC is closer to 200 miles.)
The iX3 will be an interesting test for BMW in many ways. It offers the first real operation of the new generation of electric vehicle technology that will power the upcoming i4 sedan and iNext SUV. And it’s made in China and sold in Europe, not the other way around, as is usually the case.
Ultimately, however, it is a vehicle that has long been overhauled and comes from a car manufacturer that was once considered the leader in electric vehicles. BMW impressed the world a few years ago with the i8 hybrid supercar and the surprisingly tough i3 electric vehicle, but it has spent years practically ignoring electric vehicles, apart from the new mini electric vehicle powered by i3 technology . Like many of its competitors, BMW is now catching up in a market that Tesla has to some extent turned upside down.