Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Aero wheels to boost efficiency and range of BMW EVs

BMW is working hard on the development of its electric segment. The first BMW EV, the BMW i3, made its debut in 2013, and after that, there was no looking back. The most crucial aspect of any electric car is its performance and range. Hence, BMW has decided to initiate the use of new aero wheels for its upcoming iX3, iNext, i4, etc.

These all-new aero wheels are much lighter in weight and much more aerodynamic compared to the wheels used earlier. Aero wheels are capable of reducing air drag by 5%, increasing efficiency by 10%, and increasing range by 3%. Hence, BMW decided to opt for these wheels for its upcoming range of electric vehicles.

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The company has planned to use these aero wheels in iX3, i4, and iNext. Most probably, the BMW iX3 will be launched by the end of 2020 and will start its production in early 2021. BMW iX3 will use the company’s 5th generation electric powertrain with a 74 kWh battery pack. It is capable of producing 286bhp and 400Nm of torque. The company claims a range of 400 km, but in practical conditions, iX3 may cover approximately 300kms.

The Tesla Model S was one of the first to use aero wheels. But soon after, these were discontinued. With the launch of the Tesla Model 3, the use of aero wheels by Tesla started again. One of the most important members of Tesla aerodynamic team, Robert Palin, dictated the importance of these wheels and explained how the aero wheels help in reducing weight, increasing efficiency, and range.

Since BMW has confirmed the use of the aero wheels in their upcoming electric vehicles, the performance of BMW’s EVs is going to increase. We must wait until the end of 2020 for when the German automakers unfold the mystery and launch the BMW iX3 with new aero wheels. The hype is real and shall stay until the end of this year.

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Source: MSN, Electrek

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