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Electromobility Tested in the Arctic Circle

Prototypes of the new all-electric models from BMW, the BMW iX3, i4 and iNext are undergoing comprehensive vehicle tests at a winter test centre to prepare for market launch in 2020 and 2021.

BMW is preparing to launch three next-generation electric powered models, which are currently undergoing a series of tests at the BMW Group’s winter test centre in Arjeplog, Sweden, just at the edge of the Arctic Circle. The first of the three models, the BWM iX3, is already due to go on sale next year, with the remaining two models, BMW i4 and iNEXT scheduled to be brought to market in 2021.

The vehicle testing is to ensure that their drive, electric motors, high-voltage batteries, power electronics of BMW eDrive technology, and suspension components can withstand extreme weather and road conditions and prove to perform at a high level with great reliability.

The latest chapter of the BMW Group electrification strategy will be heralded by a Sports Activity Vehicle. The BMW iX3 will feature the fifth generation eDrive technology, alongside a powerful electric motor and a high-voltage storage unit. The vehicle will offer a range of over 400 km and can be charged at 150 kW DC charging stations. It is advertised as suitable for day-to-day use and long-distance travel. It will be the first model for the entire global market produced by the BMW Brilliance Automotive Joint Venture at the Chinese production location in Shenyang.

The BMW i4 will be a four-door couple positioned in the premium midrange segment and will deliver an emissions-free driving experience, with a range of over 600 km. It will also feature the BMW eDrive technology. The i4 will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in four seconds, with a top speed of over 200km/h. The BMW i4 will be produced at the BMW Munich plant starting 2021.

Lastly, the BMW iNEXT will have the proportions and dimensions of a luxury Sports Activity Vehicle and will be equipped with the eDrive technology and the latest systems for highly automated driving, connectivity, and electrification. It promises a range exceeding 600 km. This vehicle will be produced at the BMW Dingolfing plant starting in 2021.

All figures relating to driving performance, consumption, emissions and range are provisional.  The range has been calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle.

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