The world’s zeal to reduce human’s negative impact on the environment has taken a new turn as BMW on Wednesday announced the BMW iX, a new all-electric flagship that was previously known as iNext at the company’s virtual NextGen 2020 event. The iX will launch by the end of 2021.
Based on BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology, the iX will get a new look but its dimensions will be similar to the existing X5 or X6 SUVs which are also electric vehicles. The company promises about 300 miles of range and 0-60 mph times of just under five seconds.
Pricing has not been released for the iX but speculations pegs it at $100,000 (around N 38 million). BMW says that by 2021 a million electrified cars will be on the road courtesy of their company.
Right now, about 13 per cent of all BMW and MINI models registered in Europe are either all-electric or plug-in hybrids and the expectation is that by 2030, that number will increase to 50%.
With DC fast charging at up to 200 kW, the iX should be able to charge from 10 to 80% in about 40 minutes. A 10-minute top-off at a fast-charging station should be enough for about 75 miles. BMW’s biggest competition now is Tesla headed by Elon Musk. Nissan, Chevrolet, Ford, Volkswagen and Kia are also contributing to the quota of electric cars on the road.