BMW i3 (2018)

The complete guide to the BMW i3 (2018), from the car itself to running costs and charging.
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Key stats
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Range (WLTP):

193 miles

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Electric cost/mile:


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Rapid charge:


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EV type:

Battery electric


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 Details

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.

Slow / Fast: Type 2

Max AC 1-phase rate: 7.4kW
Max AC 3-phase rate: 11kW
Rapid: CCS

Max DC rate: 50kW
Connector location: Right side - Rear
Connector location: Right side - Rear

Where you can charge a BMW i3

Place BMW i3 Benefits Solutions
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.

Place Avg. cost Cost/mile
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

Recommended chargers and prices

Place Product Price
Home 3.6kW or 7kW Solo Charger From £449*
Workplace 7kW Solo or Twin Chargers** Speak to our team
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Vehicle Specs

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
Torque 250 Nm
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
Environmental impact
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.

OTR price £35,175
Vehicle warranty 3 years / unlimited mileage
Battery warranty 8 years / 100,000 miles
Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) Amount
Year 1 £0
Years 2-5 £0
Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax year BiK tax rate Annual BiK value
18/19 13% £4,566
19/20 16% £5,619
20/21 2% £702

* For further information including how to calculate personal BiK liabilities, please visit our Electric Car Tax guide.

Local taxes Amount
London Congestion Zone Charge £0
Insurance group 21-28
Grant name Eligibility Amount Benefit
OLEV EVHS Grant £350 Can be used to reduce the cost of a home charger with installation
OLEV Plug-in Car Grant £3,000 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.