BMW Concept iX3 Plugs Into Beijing With 249+ Miles Of Range

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BMW used the Beijing Motor Show to announce the iX3, the company's first fully electric SUV that will be mass produced starting in 2020. BMW is still not mentioning when their first all-electric crossover will reach the public. Considering it's just a concept for now, the company is not detailing much about it. Using fast charging (think: 150 kilowatts, CCS standard) will deliver an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes. The concept also features all-wheel drive and generates 270 PS from its batteries. "A key benefit of this electric drive technology of the future is the grouping together of the electric motor, transmission and power electronics within a new, separate electric drive component", it said.

Like most auto makers, BMW is ramping up its electric auto plans - and this will be one of the first new vehicles it will add to its line-up.

BMW confirmed in a press release that the electric powertrain components will be built at its USA factory in Spartanburg, S.C., as well as in Germany and China. It is not an X3 or a plug-in hybrid, it is BMW's first battery-powered automobile. And, when fully charged, it can go more than 400 km based on the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

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- BMW Concept iX3 previews the all-electric X3. There are design tweaks - blanked off kidney grille and blue styling accents - but it's all still recognisably X3. In place of the conventional exhaust outlets, there is a diffuser element featuring the blue highlights. The model so far presented in the status of a concept, but the production version of the long not have to wait: the Bavarians serious plans for electric vehicles.

BMW claims future "i" models will be distinguished by "signature looks", by which it means subtle design touches to easily restyled parts such as the bumpers and side skirts, rather than big sheet-metal alterations.

With BMW already selling the i3 supermini and i8 supercar - both of which have been relative successes for the German manufacturer - it, like many automotive groups, will be accelerating its electric vehicle programme in the coming years.

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