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BMW unveils the iX3 at 2018 Beijing Motor Show

The electrification of everything with wheels continues as BMW has unveiled its all-electric version of the existing X3 SAV dubbed, the iX3. This is a major milestone for BMW since it will be the first all-electric vehicle with a long range, previous electric models have relied on Range Extenders or hybrid powertrains of some sort. Sporting a 200kW electric motor and a 70 kWh battery pack, the iX3 should be able to carry you and your belongings approximately 250 miles, according to BMW.

This transition to long range, all-electric comes with the deployment of the fifth-generation eDrive powertrain which has consolidated the MGU(motor-generator unit), transmission and controller into a consolidated unit and contains no rare elements.

 

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BMW Group outlines their 5th generation electrification strategy for 2021

This new video has been released by BMW which demonstrates the modularity of their new battery packs and combined motor and transmission unit. With ranges up to 700km (434 miles) and 100km for plug-in hybirds, they clearly have the sectors they wish to compete in carved out already. It would be assumed that they will be releasing an i5 model at some point, but it is unclear what they have planned for the larger battery packs as currently the i3 and i8 are both plug-in hybrids. One would think that eventually they will release an i5 which may suit more people in terms of vehicle size, and the idea of an all-electric model wouldn’t be too far off, particularly with the i Vision Dynamics concept which was announced recently.

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