Beijing - BMW took the covers off its electrically powered X3 SUV concept at this week's Beijing motor show.
The company is using the iX3 concept study to send out the message that pure electric mobility will soon be making its debut in the BMW core brand's model range. It will go into production in 2020 and will be built in China.
The SUV with all-electric drivetrain will blaze a trail for both the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology and a flexible vehicle architecture which in future will allow all BMWs to be fitted with a combustion engine, a plug-in hybrid system or a battery-electric drive unit, as desired.
The electric motor of the BMW Concept iX3 generates more than 200kW of power and its high-voltage battery enables a claimed range of over 400 kilometres.
BMW is also showcasing a wireless car-charging system for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles much like the inductive charging pads used for smartphones. Instead of having to plug the car's cord into a wall socket, the user-friendly system employs an inductive charging station installed in the customer's garage, with charging initiated as soon as the car is driven over the pad.
Called BMW Wireless Charging, it's available now as an option for the BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid sedan.