Fully electric BMW iX1 concludes winter testing programme

The countdown is on for the for BMW’s latest electric vehicle, the iX1, as the manufacturer’s new electric SUV completed its winter testing programme.

Testing of BMW’s third generation of the BMW X1 – and for the first fully electrically powered Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) in the premium compact segment – was successfully completed at the Group’s winter testing centre in Arjeplog, northern Sweden.

On snow-covered roads and specially prepared ice tracks around the town of Arjeplog close to the Arctic Circle, it joined the conventionally powered and plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW X1 in passing integrated application tests for its powertrain and chassis systems. Another fully electric model from the BMW Group has therefore reached the final phase of series development process.

The tests carried out in bitterly cold temperatures and wintery road conditions subjected the electric motors, electric all-wheel-drive technology, high-voltage battery, power electronics and charging technology of the BMW iX1 to a particularly exacting examination. Its fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology uses the latest battery cell technology and intelligently controlled heat management to enable short charging times and a long range, even in extreme sub-zero temperatures.

At the BMW Group’s winter testing centre in Arjeplog, the powertrain and chassis systems of new models are put through a process of fine-tuning. Snow-covered roads and areas of frozen lakes prepared specially for these testing programmes presented the BMW Group’s development and testing engineers with the ideal conditions in which to hone the interplay of the motors, electric all-wheel-drive technology and suspension control systems at the longitudinal and lateral dynamic limits. The ice surfaces, in particular, provided the perfect, reproducible conditions in which to explore in detail and optimise how the powertrain and chassis work together.

The BMW iX1 is the brand’s third SAV to feature a purely electric drive system and will be added to the model range immediately after the launch of the new BMW X1, which is scheduled to get underway in autumn 2022. The fully electrically powered model is based on a flexible vehicle architecture and will be produced on the same assembly line as the combustion-engined and plug-in hybrid variants of the compact SAV.

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