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You will always have plenty of reasons to change.
But the truth is: It’s always easier to find a reason not to. It might not be the best time for you right now, or perhaps you find yourself in the wrong place. You might think that technology still hasn’t reached its peak, or that the design looks strange.
At BMW i we believe that the obstacles we see as reasons not to change can and should be overcome. This is why we have been pioneering electric mobility for the past ten years – and why we will continue to be at the forefront of positive change in the future, too.
This also means that we want to openly talk about change with our most honest critics: you.
We don’t wish to shut down your criticism. Instead we want to meet you in dialogue. That’s how we achieve a new level of transparency. Together.
We believe in our brand vision and in our product substance. But we do want to engage in conversation with you about how we can do our part in changing mobility for the better.
We do this by asking one simple question: “What’s your reason not to change?”
Because once you accept the endless possibilities of shaping the future for the better, we believe there is no real reason not to take that first step. There is no reason not to change.
So, join us in conversation and let’s take change further. One step at a time. Be part of the change you want to see, and make the future you want to live in become reality.
The BMW iX shows how we can give new technologies a very modern and emotional design. The car is technologically complex, but it feels very clear and uncomplicated. The BMW iX offers a mobile living space in which people will feel at ease, where the car’s intelligence is only there when you need it.
Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
We know you have criticism and questions. We see this every day from the comments you leave us. But we’re happy to hear them – and we’re here to give you answers:
“The infrastructure isn’t ready to handle charging needs.”
This is a topic of hot debate. A persistent claim is that the current power grids are incapable of supporting and supplying the needed electricity to charge EVs as sales grow. This however isn’t correct. The energy grid is a highly flexible piece of crucial infrastructure that with ongoing improvements and better and better solutions for supplying green renewable energy continues to be able to handle high demands, even as EV sales soar. Today, a large number of high-power charging stations for ultra-fast charging can be found on journeys all over the world, such as for example the expanding European network run by our partner IONITY.
“I want a car I can drive in winter too!”
One of the most persistent myths about EVs and range is that cold weather significantly reduces range. While this indeed has been the case for a number of early EVs, it is simply no longer the case to the same extent. Much has happened in the realm of battery and EV technology, and today’s EV batteries have drastically improved capabilities. Add to this that pre-conditioning of both batteries and vehicles, often via an app, has become standard for EV owners, just as most modern EVs today have intelligent heat management systems that optimize battery use. Combined, this means that range can be radically optimized through intelligent battery use, almost automatically, ensuring that it’s only minimally affected, even when the temperatures outside drop.
“E-cars aren’t better for the environment than combustion-engine vehicles.”
Just how electricity is sourced is key to understanding the overall ecological footprint of EVs. If the electricity you use to charge your electric vehicle comes from renewable sources like hydro or wind energy, your everyday EV use will have almost zero impact. It is however true that if the electricity comes from coal, this footprint will be larger. Another aspect which can influence how driving an EV impacts the environment is how the batteries themselves are produced, a process which can indeed be very CO2-intensive. But even when taking into consideration conventional energy and battery production, an EV will still overall leave less impact than a regular combustion-engine vehicle. Significant process however has and is still being made every day. For example, BMW has committed to using only green power to produce all fifth-generation battery cells - these are the cells you will find in for example the iX3, the iX and soon also in the i4. In addition, since 2017, BMW purchases and produces its electricity used for production exclusively from renewable energy sources. The path forward to greener EV ownership is as such already clear.
“Electric cars are just a stop-gap solution before fuel-cell cars take over.”
As technology progresses, it seems clear that already in the near future, combustion-engine cars will be a thing of the past. This primarily as the consensus among most car manufacturers and policy makers points to alternative drive technologies as the only option for reducing the industry’s overall impact on the environment. Which drivetrain technology will dominate future markets is still unclear. What is clear, however, is that EVs will play a significant role. A likely scenario is that tomorrow’s roads will be occupied by a mixture of different drivetrain technologies. This includes EVs, but could also include fuel cell driven cars in the big car segment (➜ see: Everything you need to know about hydrogen fuel cell cars). Still, there remains little doubt that EVs, regardless of which iteration or form they take, are indeed the vehicles of the future.
“E-cars are no fun to drive, there's no driving pleasure.”
This is one of the most persistent concerns and complaints, often being pushed by die-hard petrol heads. We’d like to think it’s a myth. The BMW iX offers top performance, made possible by its two powerful electric motors, combined with electric all-wheel drive. These not only deliver efficiency, they also elevate the BMW iX power to a sport car level: over 500 hp and noiseless acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in under five seconds. Add to this the BMW iX unique, intelligently weight-optimised body concept, developed through years of experience and based on a combination of innovative lightweight aluminium, steel and carbon, and you can rest assured that the trademark BMW pure driving pleasure stays intact, also when going electric.
“It takes forever to charge.”
This depends, but generally it’s much less of a hassle than many critics perhaps insist. If you are using a regular AC charging outlet, like the ones you have in your walls, charging an EV fully can indeed take a night. However, nowadays wallboxes that can be installed for instance in your garage, significantly reduce charging times, typically by two-thirds. And if you use a high-power DC charging outlet, like the ones you typically find along highways or in parking lots, run for example by our partner IONITY, you will be able to charge for most of your needs in just 10 minutes - the time it takes to, say, grab a coffee. Another thing to consider is how much electricity you actually need every day. The vast majority of drivers use their cars for relatively short commutes, with an average distance of around 65 kilometers or 40 miles per day. This means that you actually rarely need to fully charge your car to meet everyday demands. In most cases, you can simply charge while the car is parked at home or at work. Using fast charging and smart charging technology, you will pretty much always have enough charge for your everyday needs. The new BMW iX, for example, can charge from 10% to 80% in under 40 minutes when charging via a 150 kW DC outlet, giving you hundreds of fresh kilometers – or if you are in a hurry, up to 120 kilometers in just 10 minutes. In sum, when owning an electric vehicle, optimized charging replaces running your gas tank empty and then filling it up again; instead EV use and charging routines most of the time simply blend straight in with your daily schedule.
“Electric cars don't have enough range.”
Again, this is a thing of the past by now. Long gone are the days when EVs had to stop and charge every 80-90 kilometers or so. Range anxiety was a real factor on many critics’ minds, but the truth is that technology has advanced rapidly and range has correspondingly improved drastically. In fact, looking at the latest EV models to hit the market, range has indeed skyrocketed. The new BMW iX, for example, has a range of more than 600 kilometers (WLTP) or more than 300 miles (EPA) per full charge. This is thanks to overall very effective energy consumption levels of less than 21 kWh per 100 kilometers or 62 miles, according to the WLTP test cycle. As the vast majority of studies show that this clearly exceeds the daily needs of most average drivers, this is far more than most drivers need for daily use and even the odd weekend trip. And for longer drives, going on holidays or for an extensive business trip, an overnight charge or a short rapid charging break at a public charging station will easily do the trick.
“Electric cars are way too expensive.”
As with many other things you own in your life, actual cost often depends on use over time. This is no different for EVs. The longer you own it and the longer you drive it, the cheaper it will be. BMW has carried out calculations that show that EV ownership is cheaper than owning a regular combustion-engine vehicle once it has been driven 96,000 to 160,000 kilometers. This includes all costs, like purchase price, and expenses for maintenance and charging. Another often overlooked factor is that EVs are far cheaper to maintain than diesel or gas cars. An electric engine has fewer moving parts than a combustion engine, meaning less wear and tear and costly repairs. You will never have to change oil, check up on timing chains, belts, or a host of other mechanic parts and elements. These savings add up over time, too. As for everyday costs for charging and operation, needs-based charging plans and intelligent charging functions help you save money everyday as well - and of course, electricity is cheaper than both gas and diesel overall.
The monolithic design with few, very precise lines demonstrates character and gives the car a modern appearance. The BMW iX is bold and yet clean and elegant.
Head of BMW Design
PIONEER OF A NEW AGE
Born out of a vision. Created for electric mobility. Thanks to efficient BMW eDrive technology and its electric all-wheel drive, the BMW iX achieves exceptional range and impressive acceleration from zero. The monolithic design gives it a modern and expressive appearance. Inside, a high-quality premium ambience combined with state-of-the-art technologies ensure maximum comfort and spacious seating for five. Discover your favourite place on wheels – the BMW iX.
FACTS & FIGURES:
More than 600 kilometers of range*
Electric all-wheel drive with two electrically driven axles and more than 500 HP (370 kW)*
From 0 to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds*
Recharging 120 kilometers or nearly 75 miles in just ten minutes
Public quick charging from 10-80% in less than 40 minutes
*Measured according to the WLTP test cycle.