November 01, 2020

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BMW to export China-made pure electric BMW iX3 globally by year-end

BMW Brilliance debuts pure electric BMW iX3, to export globally by year-end
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The first-ever BMW iX3, produced by BMW Brilliance in China, made its debut and started pre selling on September 13. As BMW Group’s first model to offer the fifth-generation of BMW eDrive technology, this model will bring consumers a new choice of e-mobility with zero emission, long e-range, high energy-efficiency and intelligence, electrifying China’s premium new energy vehicle (NEV) market.

The BMW iX3 will be produced exclusively in Shenyang, China, and released to the global market by the end of this year.

As BMW Brilliance’s first “world car” exported overseas, the BMW iX3 is equipped with high voltage battery packs manufactured by the company’s High Voltage Battery Center II. The facility is also the first within BMW Group’s global production network to produce the fifth-generation BMW high voltage battery. With the opening of HVB Center II on September 14, following the launch of the BMW iX3, BMW Brilliance is well positioned to open a new chapter of electrification.

“This car marks another exciting milestone in BMW Brilliance’s history,” says Dr. Johann Wieland, president and CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. “It demonstrates our commitment to driving forward electrification from car design to production to the entire value chain. It demonstrates our commitment to establish a holistic customer centric eco-system in China. It demonstrates our commitment to sustainability. It demonstrates our commitment to high quality development, to “world-class made in China.”

BMW President and CEO of BMW Group Region China Jochen Goller says that globally, BMW and MINI combined have sold more than half a million electrified vehicles, and “we intend to double this number by the end of 2021. The implementation of our large scale electrification strategy is in full swing and BMW Group aims at putting more than seven million vehicles with electrified drive systems on the road worldwide by 2030.”

“Globally, we have already handed over half a million electrified vehicles to BMW and MINI customers, and we intend to double this number by the end of 2021. The implementation of our large scale electrification strategy is in full swing and BMW Group aims at putting more than seven million vehicles with electrified drive systems on the road worldwide by 2030,” said Jochen Goller, the President and CEO of BMW Group Region China. “In this context, the all new BMW iX3 is playing a key part in our growing NEV portfolio. In fact, the X3 is perfectly reflecting what BMW Group calls “The Power of Choice”. With our intelligent and flexible vehicle architecture, BMW Group offers customers the same driving pleasure, high level of connectivity as well as comfort and quality, no matter what powertrain the customer chooses.”

Long e-range for premium purely electric SAV

The first-ever BMW iX3 enjoys a best-in-segment e-range of up to 500 km and energy consumption of 16.7 kWh/100 km. Thanks to the highly integrated, scalable and lightweight design of the fifth-generation of BMW eDrive technology, the electric motor, power electronics and transmission are now arranged into a single housing, allowing a substantial reduction in the installation space required without compromising its performance. The drive unit integrated with the rear axle further improves the power efficiency. With leading aerodynamics, high energy density and precise energy management system, the iX3 sets a new benchmark for high energy efficiency in its class.

Charging for 45 minutes can suffice for a whole week’s mobility needs. The BMW iX3 supports AC and DC charging. Maximum charging power reaches 100 Kw under DC, and takes only 45 minutes to be charged from 0 to 80%. While it takes 7.5 hours to fully charge under 11 Kw AC power. For a 50 km daily commute, a full charging will be enough for a whole week’s usage.

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