BMW iNEXT waiting for extreme tests
The Bavarian company is testing its BMW iNEXT eco-friendly crossover in Sweden, at the Arjeplog range. Commercial launch of the car is planned for 2021. The electric car will be assembled at the company’s plant in Dingolfing, and it will become the electric flagship of BMW, combining the latest technologies in environmental transport, autonomous driving and using the Internet.
Testing BMW iNEXT in Sweden
It is these technologies that are tested in the very north of the country, where very severe weather conditions prevail – heavily snow-covered roads, frozen lakes, ice everywhere and severe cold. Four-wheel drive BMW checks just here, where the minimum grip wheels with the track. But most of the questions among engineers are the performance of the electric motor and battery, since usually these units lose some of their life at low temperatures. First of all, BMW intends to study how cold affects the systems of energy storage, engine power, speed of recharging and air conditioner operation and heating in the cabin.
In addition, BMW pays attention to the settings of engine power and rigidity of suspension parts. Both are tested in Sweden in much more severe conditions than with the average use of an electric vehicle. During the same tests, the steering wheel control is adjusted.
During this comprehensive test, BMW iNEXT will be tested on gravel, rolled snow, ice and dry pavement. The SUV should show itself well on all these types of coatings, and only then will it go to mass production.
Meanwhile, Citroen on the contrary removes all unnecessary and represents the cheapest electric car. The French are planning to release from the conveyor an analogue of the 2CV machine, which at one time literally every European could afford one paycheck.
Citroen Ami One counts just on the mass and maximum efficiency. New prepared for this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The model largely repeats the 2CV, as it is based on maximum practicality and low price. Electric car is compact – 2.5 meters in length, one and a half – in width and the same in height. It is designed for two passengers and exclusively for urban use.
Execution, of course, extremely budget. The French saved absolutely every element and removed even the door handles from the car – instead of them, you need to pull the strap. The car itself is made of plastic, there is no dashboard, you need to connect your smartphone instead. There is no glove box, instead it is proposed to pick up a backpack with a hook. But the car is very light – almost 400 kilograms, and it can travel up to 100 km without recharging. It is a suitable vehicle for those who care about ecology, travels a lot around the city and is not used to excesses. If the electric car really costs a couple of thousand euros, it will quickly become popular, unlike the BMW iNEXT, which, with all its high-tech stuffing, will be available only to a select few.