- South African motoring journalist and Youtuber Ernest Page set out to drive from Cape Town to Johannesburg in BMW's electric iX SUV
- The Capetonian had a co-driver and passengers to keep him company during the 1 400km journey and had to deal with Stage six loadshedding and faulty charge points
- Page managed to set a new record of 20 hours and 18 minutes in the R2.25 million luxury BMW iX that has a claimed electric range of up 630km
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South Africa TV and video presenter Ernest Page set himself a challenge to prove that driving from Cape Town to Johannesburg in an electric car can be done, and then Eskom announced Stage six loadshedding.
The foursome set off on a cold Mother City evening at 19:00 on Tuesday 28 June in the new iX xDrive50.
According to BMW, the luxury SUV is powered by four electric motors to produce startling 385kW and 765N/m and has a zero to 100kmh claimed time of 4.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 200km/h due to its negative effect on the car's range.
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Speaking exclusively to Briefly News, Page says:
"On the negative side the charging infrastructure is still in its infancy, and when towns had load shedding where a charging station was we'd be in trouble if it wasn't for the iX's superior range."
Page and his crew arrived to applause at BMW Joburg City on June 29, he says:
BMW South Africa to host 3rd M Fest at Kyalami this October, coincides with M brand's 50th Anniversary
"The positive is that a trip like this is possible, we didn't do a recce and just headed out and completed the challenge. It's the start of a conversation about electric mobility in South Africa."
BMW South Africa to host 3rd M Fest at Kyalami this October coincides with M brand's 50th anniversary
Briefly News reported BMW will host its third M Fest at the Kyalami GP circuit on 15 and 16 October 2022, the event coincides with the 50th anniversary of its famed M division.
It's likely the iX M60 model will make an appearance in South Africa for the first time.
BMW M has already launched some epic models that BMW South Africa will have on display and on track at the event.
The new M4 CSL and M3 Touring will most certainly be highlights as well as South Africa's rich history of unique performance models such as the 530 MLE and 333i.
If you're keen to check BMW's new metal, the German carmaker is creating one of the biggest showrooms in South Africa. There'll be live entertainment as well as a kid's activity area. BMW SA says tickets for the event will go on sale on howler.co.za from Monday 11 July 2022.
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Source: Briefly News