The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Niting Gadkari is often in the news for any statement that he makes. He often speaks about promoting environment friendly vehicles to reduce the emissions from vehicles. Along with EVs, he has been a promoter of alternate fuel options like flex fuels and hydrogen fuel cell cars. He has often seen using electric cars and he also uses these cars to arrive at a some events to make his stands clear on the topic. Recently in one such event, the minister Nitin Gadkari arrived in a BMW iX electric SUV.
The image of the BMW iX electric SUV has been shared by carcrazy.india on their Instagram page. The registration number of the SUV is clearly visible in the picture and we ran the number online to check the owner’s name. It turns out, the car is owned by Nagpur-based CIAN agro industries. Nitin Gadkari, who is currently the Union Minister for Transport and Highways is currently the Managing Director for the firm. It is not clear, if the minister actually bought it under the firms name or did the firm actually bought it for their own use.
Whatever may the scenario be, it is always a good sight to see the Nitin Gadkari practice what he preaches. The BMW iX electric SUV is seen at a venue. It looks like an event in which the minister decided to show up in the electric car. The image does not show the minister next to car but, it does mention that it belongs to Nitin Gadkari. German car maker BMW had officially launched the iX electric SUV in Indian market an year ago. It was launched in India at an introductory price of Rs 1.16 crore, ex-showroom.
BMW iX is brands first all electric SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) that come with AWD feature. Unlike many BMW cars, iX is not manufactured in India. It is sold in the country as a CBU and that is one of the reason why it has such a steep pricing. The bookings form the car had started last year but, the deliveries only started in April 2022. The BMW iX seen here in the images was actually registered in June 2022.
BMW iX is an all-electric SUV and is powered by two electric motors. One of them is mounted on the front axle and the other one on the rear axle. It comes with a single speed transmission like most of the electric cars. It comes with three driving modes, Personal, Sport and Efficient. The electric SUV can accelerate to 100 kmph from a standstill in just 6.1 seconds. It is not extremely quick but, it is still faster than many of the SUVs in this segment. The electric motor generates a combined power output of 326 Ps.
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The batteries are placed on the floor of the SUV and it offers a range of 425 km. It supports both AC and DC fast charging. Using a 150 kW DC charger, the car can be charged from 0-80 percent in just 31 minutes or 95 km range in just 10 minutes. A 50 kW DC charger would take 73 minutes to charge the batteries to 80 percent and an AC charger would take about 7 hours to fully charge the battery.