BMW i3 (2018)
The complete guide to the BMW i3 (2018), from the car itself to running costs and charging.
Already a highly successful and iconic electric car, BMW has revamped their compact i3 to add additional range. It's the bold styling, zippy performance and go-kart handling that make this car so fun and popular with its owners. BMW ceased production of the i3 range extender version in late 2018 - which may be seen as a statement of electric intent from Munich - further enhancing the impressive green credentials of this model.
Charging time for a BMW i3
The table below shows the estimated time to charge your BMW i3 from empty to full. For rapid charging we show the time to charge from 20% - 80%, as charging tends to slow outside this range to protect the battery.
|Charging method||Typically found at||Charging time*||Range/hour**|
|Empty to full|
|3-pin plug||Home||19 h||10 m/h|
|3.7kW||Home / Work||12 h||16 m/h|
|7kW||Home / Work / Public Locations||6 h||30 m/h|
|22kW||Work / Public Locations||4 h||48 m/h|
|50kW||Public Locations||40 min||108 m/30 min|
|150kW||Public Locations||40 min||108 m/30 min|
* Based on Pod Point estimates, charging rates can differ based on the ambient temperature, the state of the battery (e.g. empty or half full) and variation in charging rate.
** Range per hour is the number of miles you can expect to get from an hour of charging at the relevant rate.
Connector type and charging rates
You can charge your BMW i3 with a Type 2 connector at home, work or at a public charging point. There is also a CCS connector for rapid charging.
Where you can charge a BMW i3
|At Home||✔||The most convenient way to charge your EV is at home overnight for a full battery each morning.||Find out more|
|At Work||✔||Plug-in when you arrive at work and leave fully charged at the end of the day.||Find out more|
|On Public Networks||✔||You can often top up for free when you are out and about at convenient locations including supermarkets and public car parks.||Find out more|
Cost to charge
Cost of charging a BMW i3
The cost of charging your car will vary between home, work and public chargepoints (below are our estimates). Charging on the Pod Point public network is usually free through the Pod Point app.
|Home (Empty to full)*||£5.32||3.24p|
|Public Rapid chargers (20%-80%)**||£5.47||5.56p|
* Assumes tariff of 14p/kWh. The cost of home charging will vary depending on your electricity rate
** Assumes tariff of 24p/kWh applicable to most Pod Point rapid chargers
|Official range (WLTP*)||193 miles|
|Official range (NEDC*)||223 miles|
|Pod Point Confidence Range**||164 miles|
* For more information on "WLTP", "NEDC" and more, please visit our Electric Vehicle Dictionary.
** Pod Point Confidence Range is the maximum distance we’d be confident driving on electric power between charges. Real range will depend on various factors including driving conditions, personal driving style, outside temperature, heating / air conditioning, etc.
|0-62 mph||7.3 seconds|
|Top speed||93 mpg|
|Engine power||168 bhp / 125kW|
|EV type||Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)|
|Battery size||42 kWh|
|Usable battery (Pod Point estimate)||38 kWh|
|Official battery efficiency (WLTP)||N/A|
|Official battery efficiency (NEDC)||210 Wh/mile|
|Official MPG (WLTP)||N/A|
|Official MPG (NEDC)||N/A|
|Official CO2 emissions (WLTP)||0 gCO2/km|
|Official CO2 emissions (NEDC)||0 gCO2/km|
|CO2 emissions from UK grid electricity usage (Pod Point calculated)*||36 gCO2/km|
*This metric estimates the environmental impact of driving your electric vehicle based on how the electricity that powers your car is generated. We take the average carbon intensity across the UK grid measured throughout 2018 to calculate the expected grams of CO2 emitted per 1 km driven. The actual number will vary by region, when you charge (e.g. carbon intensity is usually lower overnight period) and whether your electricity comes from more renewable sources than the average.
Purchase,Tax & Grants
The BMW i3 is eligible for the OLEV Plug-in Car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants. You will also benefit from £0 road tax and London congestion charge.
|Vehicle warranty||3 years / unlimited mileage|
|Battery warranty||8 years / 100,000 miles|
|Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)||Amount|
|Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax year||BiK tax rate||Annual BiK value|
* For further information including how to calculate personal BiK liabilities, please visit our Electric Car Tax guide.
|OLEV EVHS Grant||✔||£500||Can be used to reduce the cost of a home charger with installation|
|OLEV Plug-in Car Grant||✔||£3,500||Used to reduce the cost of the vehicle|
|EST Domestic Charge Point Grant||✔||£300||Can be used in Scotland in addition to the EVHS grant to reduce the cost of a home charger with installation|
* Prices for vehicles and chargepoints are typically displayed with the Plug-in Car and EVHS grant discounts already applied.