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2020 BMW iX3

No, the car doesn't make us blush in anger. It looks just like a BMW looks and is as heavy as a pure electric car hopefully only nowadays. And it costs so much that even the € 7,500 subsidy of a net price of more than € 40,000 only represents a saving of just over 10 percent.

The anger comes when you once again pay attention to the data, data which, by the way, other manufacturers also publish, especially in the case of pure e-cars. The term 'NEDC' is still in circulation, although it was thought to have been overcome long ago. In order to determine the most important parameter, the battery capacity, one should read the brochure with the data starting from the back. But even for this, they have found appropriate countermeasures.

What comes first at BMW is the peak power, that is the power that can be called up at short notice, e.g. for overtaking. But you could still get over all this, because hiding is not bad as making jokes with people. This is the case when the battery capacity, thankfully net, is indicated as 73.8 kWh and the NEDC consumption is told us as 17.5 to 17.8 kWh/100 km and the NEDC range with 510-520 km. Do they think potential BMW customers are so stupid that they cannot even divide two numbers?

If you divide 73.8 kWh by 17.8 kW, then you get 414 km out of it and with 73.8 kWh by 17.5 kW 422 km. This is not even enough for the stated 450-459 km according to WLTP. The best we can assume is a range of far less than 400 km for normal motorway driving in summer. By the way, the Chinese production site in Shenyang is perhaps a little less disturbing than the fact that the car is promised only there for 2020.

If VW now also weakens, almost the entire premium for pure electric cars in 2020 will go abroad. The BMW boss says that they come at exactly the right time?! After all, they are keeping production flexible, building pure combustion engines, hybrids and electric cars on the same lines, even though they differ significantly from each other.

There are other advantages to report. For example, the relatively high entry price of 69,000 € (at 19% VAT) includes everything necessary such as the charging cables. The 5.500 € more expensive Impressive version does not include anything that is needed to run this car properly. Even an air conditioning system with three different adjustable zones is standard.

One can also be reasonably satisfied with the charging. At home it can be done by three-phases and on the road the Ionity-Charger is advised up to 150 kW, hopefully not dropping during load too fast. With the promised kWh price of 0,29 € at Ionity compared to the current normal price of 0,79 € we rub our eyes in astonishment. Let's see how long this will last.

BMW makes great promises in production. It is stated that no rare earths are used for the production of an iX3 and that special contracts have been concluded with the suppliers of e.g. the battery cells, which concern CO 2-neutral production and special conditions for the extraction of Lithium and Cobalt.

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