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 Range

  • 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).
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 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 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
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.

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 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.

BMW i3 Charger - POD Point

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.

BMW i3 connector type and charge rate

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.

How much does a BMW i3 charging point cost?

A 3.7kW charging point typically costs from £279* fully installed.

*Pricing assumes eligibility of the OLEV grant and standard install terms.

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