Friday, May 20, 2022

Tackling ice and snow with all-electric power: final winter testing with the new BMW iX1.

Munich. The countdown is on for the third generation
of the BMW X1 – and for the first fully electrically powered Sports
Activity Vehicle (SAV) in the premium compact segment. The new BMW iX1
(electric power consumption combined: 18.4 – 17.3 kWh/100 km in the
WLTP cycle; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; electric range: 413 –
438 km [257 – 272 miles] in the WLTP cycle; figures in the NEDC cycle:
– ; predicted values based on the car’s current stage of development)
has now successfully completed driving dynamics testing at the BMW
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.

This test of strength and endurance 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. With two electric motors (one at the
front axle and one at the rear), whose power delivery is coordinated
precisely to optimise traction and dynamic performance, and its
extremely fast-acting near-actuator wheel slip limitation tech, the
BMW iX1 is perfectly equipped to provide assured progress over any terrain.

At the BMW Group’s winter testing centre in Arjeplog, the powertrain
and chassis systems of new models are put through a process of
exceptionally detailed fine-tuning. Snow-covered roads and areas of
frozen lakes prepared specially for these testing programmes present
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, provide the perfect, reproducible conditions in which to
explore in detail and optimise how the powertrain and chassis work
together. This intensive testing programme lays the foundations for
reliably secure, assured driving characteristics – with the sporting
edge drivers expect of a BMW – and a well resolved overall vehicle experience.

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.

The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, electric power
consumption and operating range figures are determined according to
the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable. They
refer to vehicles in the German market. Where a range is shown, the
figures take into account the impact of any optional extras.

All values were calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle. WLTP
values are taken as the basis for determining vehicle-related taxes or
other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2 emissions
as well as eligibility for any applicable vehicle-specific subsidies.
Further information on the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures can
also be found at

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific
CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in
the following guideline: ‘Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die
CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen’ (Guide
to the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and electric power
consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of
charge from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at

In the event of enquiries please contact:

Corporate Communications

Matthias Bode, Product Communication BMW Automobiles

Ingo Wirth, Head of Product and Brand Communication
Telephone: +49-89-382-25814


The BMW Group

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Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2021 was € 16.1 billion on revenues amounting to €
111.2 billion. As of 31 December 2021, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 118,909 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
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efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.






electric power consumption combined: 18.4 – 17.3 kWh/100 km in the
WLTP cycle; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; electric range: 413 –
438 km [257 – 272 miles] in the WLTP cycle; figures in the NEDC: – ; 

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