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Hi folks,

I'm very familiar with Teslas. In fact, I have a Telsa store < 3 miles away from home. But, I am interested in the IX as I believe the BMW will prove more reliable, better made, and more enjoyable (based on the glowing reviews from the media day/s) than a model x or model y. I am also interested in the i4 or i5 (5 series) once it becomes available. As such, I have the following questions. These questions may not be answerable just yet as car will not be available in USA until JUN 2020. Still, I'm wondering if folks here can answer these questions.

Is BMW battery temperature regulated? Heated in winter, cooled in summer?

Does BMW heat/cool the car with heat pump? If not, is it the resistance heating and standard AC?

Does IX have capability to receive over the air updates, like regular updates on location of the growing number/location of charging stations?

Can the IX/I4 cabin be pre-heated/cooled via the phone app, like Teslas? Its cold in Minnesota!

Based on the brief media reviews, the BMW self-driving feature seems very capable, as capable as sTesla autopilot. Is this the case?

Tesla has robust charging infrastructure throughout USA. Will charging stations for BMW be as numerous and robust?

Will pending 5 series BMW electric get a dedicated electric platform? When might this vehicle be available?

Thank you for the help!
 

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Welcome to the forum @sammie! Which iX model are you looking to get? I tried to answer as many of these as I can.

The i4 and iX have heat pumps.


From my understanding the i5 will use a similar platform to the i4 and iX.


There is going to be OTA updates for the iX with the latest iDrive system.

The charging network will pretty much be the electrify america network. I don't think BMW has plans to build their own charging stations.

You will be able to pre-condition your iX before you hit the road.

 

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Thank you -that's helpful. I'm looking at the 50 since that will be first model available in USA.

One of the brilliant things the Teslas do is show their charging stations, as well as others, during route calculation to help you plan your trips. And, this is regularly updated thanks to the ongoing software updates... I hope the IX can do this as well since it was not talked about in any of the media day event videos.
 

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Thank you -that's helpful. I'm looking at the 50 since that will be first model available in USA.

One of the brilliant things the Teslas do is show their charging stations, as well as others, during route calculation to help you plan your trips. And, this is regularly updated thanks to the ongoing software updates... I hope the IX can do this as well since it was not talked about in any of the media day event videos.
Having an Tesla myself, I agree this is extremely useful. Yet I believe BMW does that as well. Having said all that, I still use ABRP for long trips. It is much, much more detailed and versatile than the Tesla Nav. ABRP can also monitor your car using live vehicle data to adjust accordingly, if you are willing to pay it even selects charging stations based on real time availability (which you get for free with Tesla, but anyways.
 

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Hi I've seen a 45 minute video issued to BMW sales, this showed how the Navigation system displayed charging stations and you would have the option to route to these it also appeared to show charger avialbility with greee/red indicators. And when you had selected a charge station the battery would be pre-conditioned to accept the full 200kW rate of charge. So probably like the Tesla if your journey is longer than your range the route would be adapted to incorporate charging stops.

This was for Europe where BMW colaborate with Ionity and I think in the USA BMW have a similar partner
 

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Thank you -that's helpful. I'm looking at the 50 since that will be first model available in USA.

One of the brilliant things the Teslas do is show their charging stations, as well as others, during route calculation to help you plan your trips. And, this is regularly updated thanks to the ongoing software updates... I hope the IX can do this as well since it was not talked about in any of the media day event videos.
The iX and i4 should have trip planners integrated in the navigation system that'll show you where your next charging station will be.
 
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