The All-Electric BMW iX3 SUV 2020: A Snapshot

BMW iX3 all electric SUV

The German Automotive Manufacturer Shifts A Gear As It Intensifies The Execution Of Its Electrification Strategy With The Launch Of The All-Electric BMW iX3 SUV! 

  • Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, more commonly referred to as BMW, will launch its battery-electric vehicle (BEV) SUV, making it the third model of the BMW ‘i’ brand, which was established in 2011. 
  •  The BMW iX3 based on the conventional BMW X3 SUV, was unveiled at the Auto China 2018.  The BMW X3 will become the first model from the Bavarian luxury automotive company that is available in both, a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) and as an plug-in electric car.  From the outside, the ICE X3 and the iX3 look very similar, however, expect changes in the cabin, packed with more technology, as has been the case with most new EVs. 
BMW iX3 all electric SUV
The All-Electric BMW iX3 SUV (credit: BMW)
  • The all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) will be initially manufactured in Shenyang, China under the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture. 
  • The EV will have a 74 kWh high-voltage EV battery pack with a  zero-emission electric driving range of 273 miles (WLTP) on a full charge.  The pure electric SUV will be capable of charging 80% within 30 minutes using a DC fast charging station. 
BMW iX3 all electric SUV
The All-Electric BMW iX3 SUV (credit: BMW)
  • The iX3 will be the first electric vehicle from BMW based on its fifth-generation electric powertrain technology (BMW eDrive technology), which enables a longer electric driving range.  This efficient technology will also be deployed in the all-electric BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT.
  • The electric motor will deliver up to 210 kW/286 bhp and a torque of 400 Nm.  The launch model will be rear-wheel drive. 
BMW iX3 all electric SUV
The All-Electric BMW iX3 SUV (credit: BMW)
  • The BMW iX3 electric crossover will be first available to European customers, with Norway identified as a key initial market.  It will compete head-on with other all-electric SUVs like the Tesla Model X, the award winning Jaguar I-PACE, the pure electric Audi e-tron and the Mercedes EQC.  

Battery And Range 

  • Battery capacity: 74 kWh 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion (high-voltage)
  • Range (WLTP): 273 miles 
  • Capable of rapid charging (up to 150 kW DC fast charging capability)

Power & Performance

  • 0-62 mph: N/A
  • Top speed: N/A
  • Brake horsepower: 286 bhp
  • Torque: 400 Nm

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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