The Journey to Electric - 40 years of innovation

28/04/2021

The Journey to Electric - 40 years of innovation

28/04/2021


BMW has long been at the forefront of electric innovation, with a heritage that can be traced all the way back to 1972 and the cars that ran cameras at the Munich Olympic Games.

Munich, 1972; the Olympic Games are in full swing. One of the host nation’s leading car manufacturers has introduced two electrically powered test vehicles. These adapted BMW 1602 models transported committee members and carry cameras in long-distance events.

This is BMW's humble first step into the world of electric driving. A first step that took us from lead batteries weighing 350kg and a range of just 37 miles to – through its own ambition and innovation – the fantastically efficient models we have today.

BMW has long been at the forefront of electric innovation, with a heritage that can be traced all the way back to 1972 and the cars that ran cameras at the Munich Olympic Games.

Munich, 1972; the Olympic Games are in full swing. One of the host nation’s leading car manufacturers has introduced two electrically powered test vehicles. These adapted BMW 1602 models transported committee members and carry cameras in long-distance events.

This is BMW's humble first step into the world of electric driving. A first step that took us from lead batteries weighing 350kg and a range of just 37 miles to – through its own ambition and innovation – the fantastically efficient models we have today.

And so, a long and ambitious journey began. Development projects started with the aim of bringing an improved and, above all, more efficient electric car to our roads.

A journey which, over 40 years later in 2013, led to the BMW i3 – a car that set new standards for electric driving. The combination of BMW innovation, performance and style in a fully electric car that was genuinely practical, affordable and fun to drive.

A journey which in 2021 is set for yet another evolution – the BMW iX3.


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Introducing the BMW iX3 Premier Edition

In 2021 we start the next chapter in our outstanding story. Introducing the BMW iX3 Premier Edition, our first all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle.

Combining the familiar proportions of BMW X with the fifth-generation of BMW eDrive technology, the BMW iX3 Premier Edition is a trailblazer that delivers sensational performance and a range of up to 279 miles.

Comfort and connectivity are taken to new heights thanks to the state-of-the-art BMW Driving Assistant Professional – included as standard – as well as cutting-edge additions like BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and Parking Assistant Plus.

And then there’s the drive itself. Enhancements to the eDrive system bring the electric motor, electronic systems and transmission into one central unit, which boosts the power-to-weight ratio and optimises dynamics. The result? Smooth, uninterrupted acceleration and an electric drive that has never felt so natural. 

Powerful. Elegant. Efficient. Everything about the BMW iX3 Premier Edition feels like the future of driving.​