BMW is working with an American start-up to improve the SUV iX’s batteries and promises to double the autonomy.

German automaker BMW has announced a partnership with Michigan-based energy storage company Our Next Energy (ONE) for its new long-distance battery powering the electric SUV iX. Dubbed the Gemini, the new battery would allow BMW to extend the iX’s range to 600 miles on a single charge. The current range of the electric SUV is an advertised range of 425 km in India. The prototype of the BMW iX SUV equipped with this new battery should appear by the end of the year.

According to ONE, the new battery is also a greener alternative to the traditional battery configuration used in electric vehicles. The Dual Chemistry technology used in the Gemini technology reduces the use of lithium by 20% while significantly reducing the use of materials such as graphite, nickel and cobalt.

Commenting on the partnership, Jürgen Hildinger, head of high-voltage storage at BMW Group New Technologies, said the German automaker is also ready to integrate ONE’s intellectual property into BMW’s SUV range.

First shown at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the first production-ready unit of the SUV was unveiled in November 2020. In India, BMW unveiled the electric SUV iX priced at Rs 1.16 million.

The electric SUV is available in two variants – iX xDrive 40 and iX xDrive 50. Both variants are equipped with two electric motors, one on each axle, which give the SUV all-wheel drive. The xDrive 40 variant of the iX SUV comes with an output of 326 hp and a maximum torque of 630 Nm with an advertised range of 414 km. The xDrive 50 variant, on the other hand, comes with a setup that produces a maximum power of 523 hp and a maximum torque of 765 Nm, as far as battery capacity is concerned, the xDrive is equipped with a 105.2 kWh unit larger than the xDrive 40 will Supplied with a 71kWh battery.

The SUV is placed in a premium segment where it competes against competitors like the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-Tron SUVs.

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