BMW is putting three of its new all-electric vehicles through its paces in some of the world’s most extreme conditions this week, at BMW Group’s winter test centre in Arjeplog, Sweden.
The BMW iX3, i4 and iNEXT models are all on-hand for the development program on the edge of the Arctic Circle, which the German manufacturer claims to provide the “ideal requirements” for cold-weather testing.
“On the icy surfaces of frozen lakes, on snow and in the bitter cold, the electric motors, the high-voltage batteries and the power electronics of BMW eDrive technology as well as the suspension control systems are demonstrating their high level of performance and reliability,” a statement from BMW read.
The iX3, which is set to go on sale next year, will be BMW’s first all-electric SUV, joining the i3 and i8 models in the automaker’s electrified lineup.
With a range of more than 250 miles and 150 kW charging infrastructure, the iX3 will be aimed at “day-to-day and long-distance travel” use. It will be the first vehicle produced for the entire global market by the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture at the Chinese production location in Shenyang.
BMW’s i4 and iNEXT offerings, meanwhile, will be brought into the market in 2021, with additional range and performance levels and the option for Level 3 automated driving in the case of the iNEXT.