Following its launch at the #NEXTGen 2020 virtual event, the BMW iX, which has made a big impact in the automotive world, is approaching the final in the pre-production development process. The electric motors, four-wheel drive system, charging technology and high-voltage batteries, which have successfully passed the endurance tests conducted in the harshest weather conditions of the Arctic Circle, reveal that the BMW iX is ready for mass production to begin in 2021.

 

 

Tested in the Toughest Winter Conditions

Suspension control systems and fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology are being tested on deserted roads in the North Cape on the Norwegian island of Mager√łya to demonstrate the reliability and functionality of the BMW iX in the harshest conditions. In this process, test engineers evaluate the interaction between the engine and suspension systems on the low friction surfaces of the road. Components of BMW eDrive technology are subjected to extremely challenging situations during winter testing. Field tests are carried out at extremely low temperatures for high-voltage batteries and charging technology. Thus, while checking the status of the charge level, the temperature ranges in which high-voltage batteries operate at optimum can be followed.

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Shaping the Future

Last year, launched the concept of the series production version of the BMW inext scene as the BMW iX, it will be produced at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Germany and Turkey will meet the road in the last quarter of 2021.

The BMW iX, which is planned to pioneer future BMW models, takes the standards of electric cars to another dimension with its 500 hp power, performance reaching 0-100 km in less than 5 seconds, and its efficient battery offering more than 600 km driving range according to WLTP criteria. The battery of the BMW iX, which can reach 80 percent in just 40 minutes with fast charging, also offers a driving range of more than 120 km in ten minutes.

The core of the BMW iX drive system is the fifth-generation BMW eDrive, which includes the car’s two electric motors, power electronics, high-voltage battery and charging technology. The handling capabilities of the BMW iX and the comfort level in the cabin are provided by the aluminum space frame with reduced friction force and the class-leading ‘Carbon Cage’. The BMW iX’s 0.25 Cd friction coefficient alone contributes 65 kilometers to the BMW iX’s range.

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