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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, commonly referred to as BMW, is a German multinational which produces luxury vehicles and motorcycles.

BMW iX3 World Premiere Online July 14

Good news for all you electric SUV enthusiasts » BMW has announced that the world premiere of the new BMW iX3 will take place online.

BMW has previously promised a range of about 440km (275 mile) from a 74kWh battery mounted under the floor. We also believe BMW’s fifth generation eDrive electric motor will supply the rear axle with 282 hp and 295 lb ft of torque.

The broadcast of the live stream can be watched on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10:00 CEST (= Munich Time)

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10 most affordable 2020 EVs in Canada

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Daniel Rufiange, at Motor Illustrated breaks down the 10 most affordable EVs currently available in Canada.

  1. Volkswagen e-Golf @ $37,895.
  2. MINI Cooper SE @ $39,990.
  3. Hyundai Ioniq @ $41,499.
  4. Kia Soul EV @ $42,595.
  5. Nissan LEAF SV @ $44,298.
  6. BMW i3 @ $44,950.
  7. Kia Niro EV @ $44,995.
  8. Chevrolet Bolt @ $44,998.
  9. Hyundai Kona electric @ $44,999.
  10. Tesla Model 3 @ $52,990.

Prices quoted are in Canadian Dollars.

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BMW sales were down, overall, in first half-year 2020 » however electrified vehicle sales were up

As expected, sales figures for the first six months of 2020 were impacted by the effects of the temporary closure of retail outlets worldwide. BMW Group delivered a total of 962,575 (-23.0%) BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers worldwide in the first half-year.

A total of 61,652 electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were handed over to customers during this time, an increase of 3.4% over the first half of 2019.

Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales, added »

“Demand for our electrified vehicles also outperformed the market trend in the first half of the year. Our wide range of plug-in hybrid models and the new fully-electric MINI are in high demand among our customers.”

Production of the fully-electric BMW iX3 will begin in a few months. Next year, electrification of the model line-up continues with the fully-electric BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT. The BMW Group aims to have a total of 25 electrified models on the roads by 2023 – more than half of them fully electric.

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BMW Group is ramping up it its emobility program at its largest European manufacturing location

At its largest European manufacturing location in Dingolfing, Germany, the BMW Group opened the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production. Having produced electric powertrain components at this location since 2013, BMW is expanding its capacity with the new, fifth-generation integrated BMW e-drive, which combines the electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a central housing.#

Materials considered rare earths are no longer required in the new BMW e-drive. The new powertrain is compatible with all of BMW’s vehicle concepts and will be available with various power levels for different models. This BMW e-drive will be used for the first time in the new BMW iX3, which will go into production in China this summer.

The Competence Centre in Dingolfing will produce electric powertrain components such as battery modules, high-voltage batteries and electric motors on eight production lines. Over the coming years, the company will set up four additional lines, which will boost the location’s production capacity significantly.

Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Oliver Zipse said at the inauguration: “We continue to ramp up electromobility and set standards for the transformation of our industry. By 2022, in Dingolfing alone, we will be able to produce e-drives for more than half a million electrified vehicles per year. At the same time, we will produce a mix of fully-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and models with a combustion engine on a single line, as required by demand, so we can offer our customers the ‘Power of Choice’. This shows how we have paved the way for making the shift in our industry a real success story.”

In the next few years, the production area of the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production will be expanded from 8,000 square metres to 80,000. The number of employees will continue to increase. In the first half of 2020 alone, the workforce grew from 600 to 1,000. Up to 2,000 employees will work in production of e-drives at the Dingolfing location in the medium term.

More » Financial Times (paywall)

May production of China’s EV increased by 3.5 percent and sales increased by 12.2 percent » BMW, Toyota, and Volkswagen announced sizable investments in China’s EV industry this year

» BMW signed a deal with charging station provider State Grid EV Service Company, to promote e-mobility in China.

» Toyota and new energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturer BYD announced a 50-50 joint venture to jointly develop car batteries and electric vehicles.

» Volkswagen announced that it would invest around 2.1 billion euros in electric mobility in China.

Wang Aona, Liu Fangqiang, and Cao Bin / Xinhua »

According to the latest statistics by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country’s production and sale of NEVs rose at a faster rate in May. In May, NEV production and sales increased by 3.5 percent and 12.2 percent month on month to 84,000 and 82,000, respectively.

In five to eight years, NEVs are expected to keep pace with fuel-driven vehicles in terms of competitiveness, said Fang Yunzhou, president of the Hozon New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd., noting that NEV firms should enhance research and development, innovate marketing modes and strengthen cooperation among industrial chains.

Production of the BMW i8 has ended after six years » the last, a Portimao Blue i8 Roadster rolled off the assembly line at the Leipzig plant last week and was shipped to a customer in Germany

Final BMW i8

Final BMW i8

Horatiu Boeriu / BMW Blog »

Hans-Peter Kemser (Head of BMW Plant Leipzig): “The BMW i8 is a unique vehicle that was manufactured by unique employees. The experience gained here at the Leipzig plant ensures that the BMW Group has lightweight construction expertise that is unique in the automotive industry.

“The BMW i8 is an integral part of Leipzig. The i8 is a brand ambassador for the BMW Group and for our plant. For the last six years. And also in the future.”

More » BimmerToday (German), electrive, Automobil Industrie (German), Elektronik Automotive (German), Carscoops, The Car Connection

BMW X5 xDrive45e SUV plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV), introduced with 389 hp and 30 miles of electric range

BMW x5 xDrive45e

BMW x5 xDrive45e

American BMW dealers will begin receiving the X5 xDrive45e in July 2020.

Autoblog (USA) »

Called xDrive45e, the newest addition to the X5 range looks a lot like its non-electrified siblings when it’s viewed from the outside. The main differences are found under the sheetmetal, where its plug-in system is built around a 3.0-liter straight-six. This is significant, because the last-generation X5 hybrid (which was called xDrive40e) was equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo four. BMW also doubled the lithium-ion battery pack’s capacity to 24 kilowatts.

Robert Duffer / The Car Connection (USA) »

BMW’s newest crossover with a plug will manage more than double the all-electric range of its predecessor, the automaker announced Wednesday.

The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive 45e upgrades from a 308-horsepower turbo-4 with a 9-kwh battery to a 389-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with a 24-kwh battery. All performance measures improve for 2021, but the price only jumps from $63,095 to $66,395, including $995 destination.

More » MotorTrend (USA), Carscoops (USA), SlashGear (USA), InsideEVs (USA), Green Car Congress (USA)

Homologation testing of the new BMW iX3 has been successfully completed and the results submitted to the regulatory authorities in key automotive markets around the world

BMW iX3 production

BMW iX3 pre-production

BMW is pushing ahead with its electrification strategy and will release the new BMW iX3 onto the market by the end of 2020.

Production of the BMW’s first pure electric model will get underway at the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture (BBA) in China in late summer as planned. BBA Plant Dadong in Shenyang will assemble the BMW iX3 for most of the world market. The first of these electric vehicles will be delivered to customers by the end of the year.

“This is the first time we have completed the entire homologation process for a fully electric model in China and Europe at the same time. The staff on our testing team mastered this unique challenge with tremendous dedication and efficiency,” said Arno Keller, head of Development BMW iX3.

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The new BMW X2 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) combines sportiness with an electric range of up to 57 kilometres

BMW X2 xDrive25e

BMW X2 xDrive25e

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The X2 uses a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 125bhp and 220Nm of torque. This is joined by an electric motor developing 95bhp and 165Nm of torque, which is powered by a 10kWh battery pack. Total powertrain output is 217bhp with 365Nm of torque.

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