The BMW iX2 Electric SUV: The Complete Guide For India

Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 66.5 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 418 - 431 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The BMW iX2 Electric SUV

BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), is a leading global automotive manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. BMW is well known for its portfolio of luxury vehicles, to include the famed Rolls-Royce luxury cars. The group manufacturers a number of cars under its BMW brand, to include battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

The BMW i3 EV is an excellent example of a successful pure electric car. The company currently has the following portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs):

Though the first-ever all-electric BMW iX2 and the BMW iX1 SUV have radically different exterior stylings, the electric vehicles (EVs) do have much in common. Both, the iX2 and iX1 premium compact electric SUVs use the UKL platform, which is also shared by the internal combustion engine (ICE) variants.

Given the common heritage, it should not come as a surprise that the iX2 and iX1 offer a very similar EV range and vehicle performance. The iX2 coupé-SUV has a 66.5 kWh high-voltage (48 volt) onboard EV battery, with a claimed electric range up to 431 km (WLTP).

In comparison, the iX1 SUV has a 64.7 kWh EV battery with a claimed range up to 440 km (WLTP). Adjusting for real-world driving conditions, expect the BMW iX2 premium crossover to deliver closer to 360 km on a full EV battery charge. The iX2 has a ‘Max Range’ driving mode, which limits the EVs performance to increase the e-range. The EV has an onboard heat pump to increase the efficiency of the EV.

The electric vehicle (EV) can be DC rapid charged up to 130 kW DC. The EV can achieve a 10%-80% charge in 29 minutes. Interestingly, some of the latest electric SUVs from Chinese automotive manufacturers offer ultra-rapid DC charging capability up to 350 kW DC.

The all-electric Genesis GV60 SUV is a case in point. Having said that, given the smaller size of the onboard EV battery in the iX2 battery-electric vehicle (BEV), a 130 kW DC capability is adequate. At 130 kW DC, 120 km can be added in just 10 minutes!

The e-SUV incorporates as standard, a 11 kW (3-phase) AC onboard charger, which can fully charge the EV in 6 hours and 30 minutes. There is also an option to upgrade to a 22 kW (3-phase) onboard charger. At 22 kW AC the EV battery can be fully charged in 3 hours and 45 minutes.  

However, given that most homes in India are restricted to single-phase (7 kW) power supply, it would not be necessary to upgrade to a 22 kW AC onboard charger. Of course, if you do have regular access to 22 kW EV charging, then worth considering the upgrade. Single-phase charging will take longer compared to 3-phase EV charging.

We at e-zoomed recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to EV charging. This way EV charging times are shorter and also better for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. BMW offers a 8 years or 160,000 km EV battery warranty, similar to what most EV manufacturers offer.

In terms of performance, both, the iX2 and iX1 have commonality. The iX2 has two electric motors (all-wheel drive-AWD), and can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds, with a top speed up to 180 km/h (max power: 313 hp/ torque: 494 Nm). The all-wheel drive (AWD) iX1 can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, with a top speed up to 180 km/h (max power: 313 hp/ torque: 494 Nm)!

Many of us will be familiar with the internal combustion engine (ICE) X2, which was first shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Even the conventional X2 has been considered to be the more sportier sibling to the conventional BMW X1.

So no surprise, in that, the coupé-SUV exterior styling of the second-generation X2 continues to maintain this distinction to the X1, given the pronounced coupé silhouette of the X2. BMW refers to this coupé silhouette as ‘Sports Activity Coupé (SAC)’.

The iX1 has a 1616mm height, while the iX2 is 1560mm. Despite the reduced height, the rear seats in the iX2 do offer ample headroom for adults! Though both EVs have the same wheelbase (2.6m), the iX2 (4.55m) is just a little longer than the iX1 (4.5m). End result, the iX2 has more boot space on offer, up to 525 L (1,400-litres with the rear seats down). Both the X2 and iX2 are being manufactured at the BMW Group Plant Regensburg (Germany).

In terms of exterior styling, the all-electric iX2 and its showroom stablemate, the X2 internal combustion engine (ICE) look similar, albeit, with some visual changes. As an example, the iX2 features a pair of blanked-off (almost hexagonal) kidney grilles, which can be illuminated! The BMW Iconic Glow contour lighting does not come as standard.

For those new to electric cars, BEVs do not have the need to cool an engine. Hence the reason why the front grille is closed. Moreover, apart from the visual characteristics, it also improves the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle. The rear of the iX2 retains the aerodynamic efficiency of the exterior styling. In fact, there is no rear wiper on the EV.

The EV incorporates the BMW curved display, which operates on the latest BMW Operating System 9. There is also a host of technology and driving aids on offer, as standard equipment and as options.

Some of these include: front collision warning system, cruise control with brake function, speed Limit info and lane departure warning, parking assistant (including reversing assist camera and reversing assistant), steering and lane control assistant, active cruise control, active navigation, exit warning function, BMW Head-Up Display, parking assist plus [5] and more!

The EV offers smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The EV also offers as an option an electrically operated tow hitch (1,200 kg). Also as an option is a panoramic glass sunroof. The iX2 has yet to be awarded a Euro NCAP rating, but one can expect the EV to achieve a 5-Stars rating.

The EV is suitable for both families and company-car drivers. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and for the wallet.

Attractive coupé-SUV exterior stylingCheaper electric SUVs available
Decent electric range and performanceDC charging limited to 130 kW DC
Three-phase (11 kW) AC onboard charger as standardOnly available in one trim at launch


The All-Electric BMW iX2 SUV (credit: BMW)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Available In India:No

Trims (1 Option)
BMW iX2 (from ₹ N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 66.5 kWh
Charging:130 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 29 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 6 hrs and 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1560
Width (mm):1845
Length (mm):4554
Wheelbase (mm):2692
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Capacity (L):525

BMW iX2 xDrive30
EV Battery Capacity:66.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):418 – 431 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.0 – 17.7
Charging:130 kW DC charging (10%-80%: 29 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW (0%-100%: 6 hrs and 30 mins)
Top Speed:180 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.6 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):230 
Max Power (hp):313
Torque (Nm):494
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,095
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Electric Vehicles (EVs): Jargons

There is no doubt, in that, for those new to electric driving, the terminology can be both daunting and confusing. We have chosen a few jargons to help you get more familiar with electric vehicles (EVs)!

Glossary: Electric Vehicles (EVs)
Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV):What is a BEV? A battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is more commonly referred to as a pure electric car. A BEV is ‘pure’, in that, the vehicle only uses electric power for propulsion i.e. a BEV does not have an internal combustion engine (ICE). It is easy to recognise these zero-tailpipe emission green cars, as these vehicles are silent (except for the artificial noise), and do not have a tailpipe! 
Frunk:What is a frunk? Though a frunk is not a new term, its availability is becoming more widespread with the development of electric vehicles (EVs). A frunk is a storage space/ compartment/ trunk in the front of a vehicle, rather than the rear. In the case of pure electric cars, given that these vehicles do not have an onboard internal combustion engine (ICE), there is space for a frunk. It is worth noting that a frunk is usually much smaller than a trunk, and in EVs, a good space for storing the EV cable.
Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs):What is a MHEV? Mild hybrids use both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor. These cars are also known as ‘self-charging hybrids’. The vehicle uses regenerative braking (recuperated electric energy) to improve the fuel efficiency and to reduce tailpipe emissions (CO2 g/km). However, mild hybrids cannot be charged by an external power source, like an EV charger. 
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV):What is a PHEV? Like a MHEV, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) aims to increase the fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions. However there is much difference between a PHEV and a MHEV. A PHEV has a more powerful electric motor and a larger onboard EV battery. In a PHEV, the electric motor and onboard EV battery are also used to propel the electric vehicle. Moreover, a PHEV battery is charged by using an external power source, like a dedicated EV charger.
Regenerative Braking:What is regenerative braking? Also known as regen braking or brake recuperation, regenerative braking is a process of capturing the wasted energy (during braking) from an electric vehicle, to be reused (recycled). In the case of electric driving, the ‘captured’ energy is reused to increase the pure electric range of the EV.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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