BMW i8 Charger Guide

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

This revolutionary plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sports car uses eDrive technology that combines the efficiency of an all-electric motor and the power of a TwinPower Turbo engine which makes for a thrilling driving experience.

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.

BMW i8 Charging Cost

  • Charging a BMW i8 costs about £2.18.
  • Running costs for BMW i8 are only 9p 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.

BMW i8 Charger - POD Point

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 connector type and charge rate

When deciding on which chargepoint to charge your BMW i8 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 i8 uses a Type 2 connector.
  • The i8 uses a single-phase charge rate of 3.7kW.

How much does a BMW i8 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.

Read more about BMW i8 charging points.