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Electric iX3 can cover 458km on a single charge, BMW claims 

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Due next year: BMW’s iX3 all-electric new Sports Activity Vehicle

Due next year: BMW’s iX3 all-electric new Sports Activity Vehicle

The interior of the BMW iX3

The interior of the BMW iX3

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Due next year: BMW’s iX3 all-electric new Sports Activity Vehicle

THESE are the first details of BMW's all-electric SAV, which is due here next year. A range of up to 458km is claimed.

Its launch means the X3 range is now BMW's first to have all-electric, plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel-powered sources.

The storage capacity of the battery has been substantially increased with the brand's fifth generation eDrive technology including advances on the electric motor, power electronics, charging technology and high-voltage battery to improve consumption and range. This technology will also be put to work in the BMW iNEXT and BMW i4 models from 2021.

It is claimed that the iX3's electric motor is up to 93pc energy efficient, compared with under 40pc for combustion engines. 

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The interior of the BMW iX3

The interior of the BMW iX3

The interior of the BMW iX3

The system develops 286hp and manages 0-100kmh in 6.8 seconds. 

The new charging unit sends power to both the 400v battery and 12v on-board power supply. When using alternating current, it enables both single-phase and three-phase charging at up to 11kW.

BMW says that means when you plug into a direct current rapid-charging station it can charge at up to 150kW. So, the battery can be boosted from empty to 80pc in 34 minutes and you can add 100km range in 10 minutes.

A newly-developed flexible fast charger cable can be hooked up to standard domestic and industrial sockets using adapters.

The battery pack is in the under-body - lowering the car's centre of gravity by around 7.5cm compared with its X3 stablemates. They claim cabin room is on a par with other BMW X3 models. By folding the rear seats, boot capacity goes from 510 litres to 1,560 litres.

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