News about electric cars is appearing at ever-escalating intervals. BMW has run the model range, having started with the i3, iX3, iX and i4. They have also shown photos and released information about the new i7 electric flagship.
But it doesn’t stop there. Later this year, the third generation of the BMW X1 compact car will be launched – and for the first time an all-electric model will be launched.
This winter, camouflaged prototypes of the BMW iX1 were allowed to appear on the ice and snow in the north under the Arctic Circle.
Snow-covered roads and specially prepared ice rinks are ideal surroundings for the BMW winter test center outside Arjeplog in northern Sweden. Every year, new prototypes are tested to the maximum under typical winter conditions in the North.
This winter, the iX1’s camouflaged prototypes followed in the footsteps of other BMW prototypes.
After painstaking testing and refining the interaction of the electric motors, all-wheel drive, high-voltage battery, charging system and chassis from the BMW iX1 prototypes, the cars can set their course for warmer regions once again.
The winter test also provided valuable heat-controlled data for short and long term charging time, even at low temperatures.
This would be perfect for Norway
With fifth-generation eDrive technology, the iX1 builds on the electric expertise that BMW could refer to in previous models.
The newcomer will also be the third electric SUV from the German luxury brand. There are two electric motors – one on the front axle and one at the rear – connected to the xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Based on values taken from the current stage of development of the prototypes, the BMW iX1 will have a total electric consumption of 17.3 to 18.4 kWh. This indicates a range of 413-438 km in the WLTP cycle.
Delivery in 2023
The iX1 will be produced on the same assembly line as the new X1 models with internal combustion engines and hybrids.
Production of the BMW iX1 will begin late this fall, but Norwegian dealerships will open to order this summer – before the summer solstice. More details will be known soon, says Marios Tignbe, Director of Communications at BMW Group Norway.
We know there is huge interest in our next electric model and we anticipate a very significant increase. So we want to be clear that as the world looks now, it’s best to deliver only from 2023, Tignbebe concludes.
Here they test the electric dream car, long before time
As of April of this year, 2,586 BMW electric cars are registered in Norway. iX SUVs account for the majority of these vehicles – with 1,779 registered.
The rest consist of i4 (299), iX3 (261) and still some versions of the “old” i3 trotter. 38 of these had been registered by the end of April.
In the used car market, there are also a lot of electrical appliances to choose from from BMW. At the time of writing, we were talking about 546 cars – and apparently most of the i3s (408 copies) are of these.
Video: Here you can learn more about the used BMW i3:
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