Owners of future BMW electric vehicles should also enjoy driving. The engineers are already working hard.
BMW engineers have developed a purely battery-electric test vehicle based on the current 5-series sedan. The so-called Power BEV has three electric motors, one on the front axle, two on the rear axle, and has a maximum system output of over 530 kW / 720 hp. The Munich-based company does not communicate data on the battery, range and charging time.
So that the e-vehicle not only scores with good acceleration values, but also convinces when cornering quickly, the two e-machines on the rear axle can be controlled separately. In this way, unlike a limited slip differential that reacts to a speed difference on the drive wheels, targeted interventions can be carried out in every driving situation. The straight ahead standard sprint should succeed in under 3 seconds.
The drive is three units of the fifth generation, each of which has an electric machine with the associated power electronics in one housing. This new battery-electric drive version, as it will also be used in 2020 in the iX3, does not use rare earths.