In November, the BMW Group unveiled the appearance of the production electric car BMW iXDecember 2, 2020
Using the example of the new technological flagship of the concern, we tell how BMW engineers overcame the difficulties typical for electric vehicles.
One of the user’s fears about electric vehicles – the cold significantly reduces the range – came with the first versions of cars with electric motors. This is no longer the case. Modern BMW i models are equipped with heat management systems that optimize battery performance. As a result, frost has only minimal effect on battery performance.
This is another feature of the first generations of electric vehicles. The new BMW iX is equipped with a high-voltage battery with a capacity of over 100 kWh. With an energy consumption of less than 21 kWh per 100 km (according to the WLTP cycle), this is sufficient for 600 km without recharging.
In the future, the demand for cars with internal combustion engines will decline, and the popularity of electric vehicles will grow. The BMW Group believes in the future of fuel cell transport and is working to offer customers both battery electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles.
Two electric motors in the BMW iX provide the car with 500 hp. and acceleration from 0 km / h to 100 km / h in less than 5 seconds. The fifth-generation BMW eDrive powertrain allows for a lower center of gravity and optimizes weight distribution, while the use of aluminum, steel and carbon fiber in the body structure reduces the overall weight of the car, which has a beneficial effect on handling.
It all depends on the place where the electric car is charged. When connected to a home outlet, the battery will charge overnight. High-voltage charging stations replenish the charge from 10% to 80% in 40 minutes, and in 10 minutes add 120 km to the range.
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