BMW iNext undergoes winter testing

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BMW’s technology flagship vehicle, the iNext, is undergoing winter testing at the OEM’s winter testing center in Arjeplog, Sweden.

The complete vehicle tests are aimed at perfecting all drive, chassis and suspension components under extreme climatic and road conditions, and will put the vehicle’s all-electric powertrain through the latest tests on the road to series production.

The production version will be built at the BMW Plant in Dingolfing, Germany, from 2021, and the Arjeplog tests will assess the vehicle on snow-covered roads and ice-covered lakes, under conditions with low temperatures and minimal road friction.

The cold conditions, in particular, will pose a challenge to the electric powertrain – including the electric motor, high-voltage battery and the cooling system. Testing engineers will focus on the eDrive energy management system, analyzing how the freezing temperatures affect how the energy storage system recharges, how energy is transferred to the e-motor, how the vehicle’s electrical systems are supplied with energy, and how the heating and AC systems react to the conditions.

The iNext’s transmission and suspension regulation systems are also tested as the winter conditions offer a validation environment far beyond that of day-to-day traffic. Steering and braking systems will also be assessed, including elements of the energy recuperation technology.

Find out more about the iNext in E&H Vehicle’s interview with Robert Irlinger, head of BMWi.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he began editing Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International in 2016, and took over as editor of Tire Technology International in 2018.

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