The BMW iX Flow and its E Ink technology are among the best inventions of 2022

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It’s a reward that should please the brand’s propeller engineers. The BMW iX Flow was rewarded by Time magazine by being included in the list of the 200 best inventions of the year 2022. This distinction rewards the E Ink technology which is embedded in the electric SUV.

As a reminder, this technology allows the BMW iX Flow to change body color in two seconds. The driver simply has to press a button to activate this feature. Presented at CES in Las Vegas in January 2022, the iX Flow offers new customization options and can better absorb the sun’s rays thanks to its color change.

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Millions of pigments are used

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BMW iX Flow | Photos of the electric SUV that changes color as you please

BMW iX Flow (2022)Credit Photo – BMW

This change in body color on demand also improves electric range, according to BMW. E Ink technology is based on millions of microcapsules that contain negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments. These pigments are electrically stimulated to come to the surface and form a specific color.

According to Time and BMW, this E Ink technology could very well be marketed in series in the future, both inside and outside vehicles.

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BMW iX Flow | Photos of the electric SUV that changes color as you please

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BMW E Ink, how does it work?

Presented at CES in Las Vegas in January 2022, BMW E Ink technology makes it possible to change body color at the touch of a button. It works with millions of microcapsules scattered over the bodywork. These capsules contain positively charged black pigments and negatively charged white pigments. Through electrical stimulation, they can return to the surface of the layer and form a color.

What are the advantages of this process?

On the BMW iX Flow electric SUV, E Ink technology allows you to take advantage of new personalization options, but also to adapt the color of the bodywork to better absorb the rays of the sun. The vehicle’s electric range may be improved.

What is the price of BMW E Ink technology?

Only applied to the iX Flow at the time of writing, BMW’s E Ink technology is not commercially available. But the manufacturer indicates that it could be available on future production models, both outside and inside.

In short

Will the E Ink technology of the BMW iX Flow be fitted to production cars in the future? This is a possibility that the German manufacturer is studying, even though this process for changing body color on the fly is rewarded by Time magazine. The latter indeed crowns it as one of the best inventions of the year 2022.

Quentin Gueroult

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