BMW i3s (2018)

The complete guide to the BMW i3s (2018), from the car itself to running costs and charging.

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Key stats
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Range (WLTP):

177 miles

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Electric cost/mile:

3.53p

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Rapid charge:

Yes

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EV type:

Battery electric

Overview


BMW now offer a sportier version of their (already rather sporty) compact electric supermini. The i3s has all of the bold styling of the original, but dials up the fun in terms of nippiness and even sharper handling. Thicker alloy wheels give the car are more planted and aggressive stance, but it all combines for slightly reduced range.

Charging Details


Charging time for a BMW i3s

The table below shows the estimated time to charge your BMW i3s 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 9 m/h
3.7kW Home / Work 12 h 15 m/h
7kW Home / Work / Public Locations 6 h 28 m/h
22kW Work / Public Locations 4 h 44 m/h
20%-80%
50kW Public Locations 40 min 99 m/30 min
150kW Public Locations 40 min 99 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 i3s 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 i3s

Place BMW i3s 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 i3s

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 3.53p
Public Rapid chargers (20%-80%)** £5.47 6.06p


* 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 £279*
Workplace 7kW Solo or Twin Chargers** Speak to our team
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Vehicle Specs


Range
Official range (WLTP*) 177 miles
Official range (NEDC*) 214 miles
Pod Point Confidence Range** 150 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.

Performance
0-62 mph 6.9 seconds
Top speed 99 mph
Engine power 181 bhp / 135kW
Torque 270 Nm
EV type Battery electric
Battery
Battery size 42 kWh
Usable battery (Pod Point estimate) 38 kWh
Official battery efficiency (WLTP) N/A
Official battery efficiency (NEDC) 225 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)* 39 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 i3s 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 £37,665
Vehicle warranty 3 years / unlimited mileage
Battery warranty 8 years / 100,000 miles
Tax
Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) Amount
Year 1 £0
Years 2-5 £0
Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax year BiK tax rate BiK tax amount
18/19 13% £4,889
19/20 16% £6,018
20/21 2% £752
Local taxes Amount
London Congestion Zone Charge £0
Insurance
Insurance group 29
Grants*
Grant name Eligibility Amount Benefit
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.