BMW i3 Charger Guide
The complete guide to charging your BMW i3, covering range, charging cost, charging time and more.
The BMW i3 not only has an all-electric power-train, its foundation is made up of an extremely strong yet lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), therefore achieving an ISO certification for the manufacturing process.
- BMW i3 2017 model 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).
|i3 22kWh (-2016)||i3 22kWh range extender (-2016)||i3 33kWh (2017)||i3 33kWh range extender (2017)|
|81 miles||150 miles||114 miles||180 miles|
- 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 also known as "wallbox" takes only 4 - 6 hours.
- At home, BMW i3 is compatible with two charging rates: 3.7kW or 7kW
- At a rapid charging station, BMW i3 can charge at 11kw (AC rapid charger) or at 50kW (DC rapid charger).
The table below shows the time it takes to charge a BMW i3 using a 3.7kW and a 7kW home charger.
|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|
|11kW AC rapid charger||-||3 hours|
|50kW DC rapid charger||-||40 minutes|
Click here to read more about how long it takes to charge an electric car.
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 2p 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 2p per mile.
Click here to read more about the cost of charging an electric car.
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.
When deciding on which chargepoint to charge your BMW i3 from, you need to know the connector type (Type 1 or Type 2 plug) and the maximum single-phase charge rate (3.7kW or 7kW).
- The BMW i3 uses a Type 2 connector.
- The i3 uses a single-phase charge rate of up to 7kW and 11kW with a three-phase supply.
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
Click here to get a charging point for BMW i3.