A std. 74 kWh pack should provide at least 210-miles of all-electric range. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – December 18, 2019 Front and center. While BMWs i3 and i8 are heading into the sunset phase of their short lifespans, BMW like all the European automakers have not abandoned fully electric drivetrains but instead are embracing them wholeheartedly. The somewhat efficient drivetrain of the all-electric BMW iX3 uses what BMW calls their fifth generation of eDrive technology. This new technology focused on higher efficiency electric motors and scalable high-voltage batteries. BMW iX3 production will begin sometime in 2020 either in Germany or China. I am not sure where however as the iX3 is a joint venture between BMW and Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang, China. The next paragraph is where it gets sticky. The projected range of the iX3 is just over 440 km on the WLTP test cycle from the 74 kWh pack. Given what occurred with the 420 km WLTP ranged 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S being rated at just 201-miles on our EPA, the iX3 could arrive with just 210-miles of all-electric range on our EPA. If there is one thing we have said over and over and over again regarding the BEV marketplace, YOU MUST lead your moving target, not shoot at it or behind it and in this case, BMW shot way behind just as MB, Audi, and Porsche have vs the omnipresent Tesla model lineup. The iX3 appears to be a Model Y sized compact CUV and if so, it is competing against a 2021 Model Y RWD Long Range with an estimated range of 300 miles from its own possible 75 kWh Li-Ion traction battery pack. 210-miles vs 300 miles? This race is over before it even started. iX3 details The first all-electric BMW CUV is the first for BMWs eDrive technology which starting in 2021, will also be deployed in the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT. Both the drive system and the high-voltage battery will feature pioneering battery cell technology that has been completely redeveloped. In the BMW iX3, the tech is supposed to ensure a typical BMW driving experience combined with outstanding efficiency. In 2020, the std. X3 will become the brand’s first model available both with conventional gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric drive. With these choices, the shotgun spread of offerings should satisfy most looking for an alternative or the tried and true drivetrain as the Roundel brand searches for the magic bullet to reduce CO2 while still offering a desirable allotment of vehicles. All powertrain components used within the BMW eDrive drivetrain were developed solely by BMW. The electric motor and the high-voltage batteries are produced in corporately owned manufacturing facilities. BMW did not mention where but I suspect it is within China’s orders. The motor drive unit and the high-voltage battery are scalable in terms of power and energy and can be used in various vehicle platforms and differing segments as necessary. The vehicle’s fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology comprises an electric drive motor, system electronics and transmission within a central housing. As a result, the required installation volume of the drive and its weight are reduced considerably. The ratio between motor output and weight of the drive system improves around 30 percent compared to the previous generation. The electric motor featured in the BMW iX3 delivers a maximum power output of 286 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Remember that Model Y Long Range thingie based off the Model 3s 449 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque electric motor(s) in AWD trim we wrote about previously? Yeah, that. If there were a bright edge around the storm cloud, it is the fact that the BMW iX3’s electric motor does not use any rare earth materials. The high-voltage battery of the BMW iX3 is integral part of BMW’s fifth eDrive generation and is based on the latest evolution in NMC-811 technology in typical prismatic design. R&D has not only raised energy density but has shown improvements in durability and safety as well. At the same time the BMW engineers were able to reduce the share of cobalt contained in the battery by approximately 2/3rds. The energy density of the new pack is said to be 20 percent higher than the predecessor. I assume that is what is in the i3? The BMW iX3s high-voltage battery is installed in a flat position in the vehicle floor eliminating any loss of passenger and cargo volume vs either of the conventionally powered versions of the X3. The BMW iX3 provides a power consumption spec of less than 20 kWh/100km on the WLTP test cycle, but also stands for a novel ratio between battery size and range. While we do not have an exact spec on the Model Y yet, the Model 3 from which it is based provides owners with a WLTP efficiency of 13.9 kWh/100 km. BMW is touting the iX3 range without resorting to larger and heavier batteries. With all of the details above, I bet that some in the engineering teams wish they would have had another few years of development to compete with what is heading to market from the Tesla brand. With std. German grid charging, the BMW iX3 emits just 70 percent of the CO2 of the next best low CO2 BMW X3 model with the sDrive 20d turbo diesel. If the vehicle is charged with green electricity the advantage moves to just 40 percent. If only BMW had the technology to lead the target instead of follow it, they may have actually hit the mark.