- BMW has announced that the iX3 EV crossover will go into production by Summer this year for the Chinese markets.
- The car was initially expected to reach the U.S. as well but plans were dropped following skepticism about the smaller battery used with the iX3.
- An internal BMW roadmap has detailed that the company plans to produce combustion-engine cars, plug-in hybrids, and fully electric vehicles at the same production line.
The EV market has certainly lit up over the past few years thanks to companies like tesla, and several other electric startups now coming up the ranks. BMW has been one of the mainstays of the auto industry globally, and the company has now announced that its iX3 crossover EV will go into production by Summer 2020 for the Chinese markets. Unfortunately, the iX3 will not be sold in the U.S., although the company’s aggressive production strategy gives us a good idea of how the company could handle production when it brings EVs and hybrids to the U.S.
A report revealed some details BMW shared at an investor’s meet recently. Some of these slides give us a roadmap of what to expect, with the company mentioning that it will have up to 25 electrified cars by 2023 including at least 13 fully electric cars.
BMW is reportedly looking to handle the production of combustion-engine cars, hybrids, as well as EVs using the same architecture and in the same production unit, which should make things significantly easier for the automaker. This also indicates that BMW may rollout more hybrid vehicles in the near future while focusing on fully-electric cars at a later date.
As for the BMW iX3, it comes with a relatively small 74 kWh battery pack that may offer an electric range of well below 200 miles as per estimates. Interestingly, this is said to be one of the primary reasons for the car not making its way to the U.S. as BMW dealers in the region were pessimistic about the prospects of a vehicle that offers an electric range of under 200 miles.
To combat the fact that the iX3 uses a small battery, BMW has mentioned that it is using 80% nickel in its batteries and 10% percent of cobalt and manganese, respectively. This, the company claims, will have a positive impact on the electric range despite the smaller size of the battery.
BMW’s first set of EVs are expected to reach the U.S. by 2022. Until then, the company plans to drop multiple new hybrids in the region, which will certainly be something to look forward to.