BMW iX3 goes into production this summerMay 22, 2020
BMW CEO Oliver Zipse shared with his company’s shareholders the news that the production of the all-electric iX3 crossover will begin this summer.
The IX3 will be the first BMW model built exclusively at the Chinese joint venture plant in Shenyang, as well as the first model to use a platform that can support internal combustion engines, PEV cars and batteries. It will also serve as the basis for the future i4 EV fastback, due out next year.
“The preparations are proceeding in accordance with the plan, despite the uncertainties arising from the coronavirus pandemic,” said the company’s general director at the annual general meeting.
The BMW iX3 will run on a 74 kWh battery, providing an electric range of over 440 km in the European WLTP cycle. It is reported that the battery consists of high density cells that contain 80% nickel and 10% cobalt and manganese each, which provides a range that matches that of competitors with larger batteries.
Unlike the Volkswagen Group and Daimler with their specialized electric platforms PPE and EVA2, BMW decided not to develop the EV architecture for battery-powered models. Former CEO Harald Krueger believed that this was the best strategy from a financial point of view, especially since the construction of a new electric car plant would cost about 1 billion euros.
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