BMW i3 Charging Guide

The complete guide to charging your BMW i3, covering range, charging cost, charging time and more.

BMW i3 Range

  • 2017 BMW i3 has a 33kWh battery with a range of 114 miles (EPA rating) on a full charge.
  • Range Extender option (petrol generator charges the battery) boosts the range to 180 miles (EPA rating).
BMW i3 Range by Model:
i3 22kWh (-2016) i3 22kWh range extender (-2016) i3 33kWh (2017) i3 33kWh range extender (2017)
81 miles 150 miles 114 miles 180 miles

BMW i3 Charging Time

  • Time to charge BMW i3 at home from empty with standard 3 pin plug takes 12 - 15 hours.
  • Charging your i3 with a home charging point takes only 4 - 6 hours.
  • BMW i3 is compatible with two charging rates at home: 3.7kW or 7kW
  • BMW i3 also has a 50kW charging option for super-quick charge at public rapid stations.

The table below shows the time it takes to charge a BMW i3 using a 3.7kW and a 7kW home charger.

BMW i3 Time to Charge by Model:
BMW i3 22kWh (-2016) BMW i3 33kWh (2017)
3.7kW charging point 6-7 hours 9-10 hours
7kW charging point 3-4 hours 5-6 hours

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BMW i3 Charging Cost

The cost of charging a BMW i3 in the UK varies whether you are charging at home or on public charging stations. Charging at home is the most cost-effective way to charge, although many public charging points are free to use. Charging at home costs as little as 3p per mile.

  • Typical overnight electricity rate of 10p per kWh.
  • Charging a BMW i3 at home from empty to full costs £3.30.
  • This equates to only 3p per mile.

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How to charge a BMW i3

Charging a BMW i3 can be done anywhere with access to a reliable electrical supply, but majority of drivers use a home charging point.

  • Home charging points is where most electric car charging takes place, as your vehicle can be plugged in overnight for a full charge every morning.
  • Public charging points at places like supermarkets and car parks are available across the UK and are often free to use for the duration of your stay.
  • Workplace charging points are becoming more common and are often offered as a staff incentive, but some employers may charge fees to encourage fair usage throughout the working day.
  • Rapid chargers charge your battery to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes and are typically found at motorway service stations.

How much does a BMW i3 charging point cost?

Charging a BMW i3 at home is done with a home charging point. A home charger fully installed costs between £400-£500 after claiming the £500 government OLEV grant. Charging point providers claim the OLEV grant on your behalf.

  • 3.7kW charging point costs around £400 installed
  • 7kW charging point costs around £500 installed
  • All prices quoted include the £500 OLEV grant

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