BMW i8 Charging Guide

The complete guide to charging your BMW i8, covering range, charging time, how to charge and more.

BMW i8 Range

  • BMW i8 range is 23 miles (NEDC) of electric driving.
  • Combined with petrol engine, range is up to 370 miles (NEDC).
  • With electric battery, BMW i8 achieves MPG of up to 134 miles per gallon.
BMW i8 Range by Mode:
Electric mode Hybrid mode
23 miles 370 miles

BMW i8 Charging Time

  • Charging the BMW i8 at home with a 3 pin plug takes 2-3 hours.
  • Home charging point will charge a BMW i8 to full in only 1-2 hours.
  • Maximise your electric range by charging at home overnight.

The BMW i8 can only charge with 3.7kW charging point. The 7kW charging point however will future-proof your car park for your next electric vehicle and ensures you take advantage of the government OLEV grant (while it's still available).

BMW i8 Time to Charge:
3.7kW charging point 1-2 hours
7kW charging point 1-2 hours

Read more about how long it takes to charge an electric car.

How to charge a BMW i8

You can charge a BMW i8 anywhere with access to reliable electrical supply. The vast majority of electric vehicle drivers will charge at home to maximise their fuel savings.

  • Charge at home overnight to wake up to a full charge every morning.
  • Charge at public charging stations at car parks and supermarkets across the UK, which are free to use for the duration of your stay.
  • Workplace charging points are becoming more common in the UK and are usually offered as a staff incentive
  • Rapid chargers in motorway service stations will charge your battery in minutes (but cost £6.50 for 30 minutes of use).

BMW i8 Charging Cost

  • Charging a BMW i8 costs about £0.70 using overnight electricity rate of 10p per kWh.
  • Running costs for BMW i8 are only 3p per mile.
  • If you only use the battery for a 20 mile daily commute, you can save up to £1,000 a year in fuel costs.
  • Charging at home with a charging point is the safest and most cost-effective way to charge.

Find out more about the cost of charging an electric car

How much does a BMW i8 charging point cost?

A fully installed home charging point costs around £400 with the government OLEV grant.

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

Read more about BMW i8 charging points.