BMW electric cars: FAQ

The i3 is the only all-electric car offered by BMW, but the range is growing. It will soon be joined by the BMW iX3, iNext and i4, with more fully electric cars expected in the future.

This is an overview of what you need to know about buying an electric BMW in 2020. This page will be updated regularly.


Buying a BMW electric car

Which fully electric cars does BMW sell?

The i3 and the i3S are the only fully electric cars sold by BMW. Although the i8 Coupe and Roadster are sold under the ‘i’ banner, they feature a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain.

Which BMW electric cars are coming soon?

Production of the BMW iX3 will get underway in 2020. BMW is promising a range of more than 440km (273 miles) from its 74kWh battery. The iX3 will be joined by the BMW iNext and i4, both of which arrive in 2021. The BMW i4, part of the 4 Series family, is likely to offer a range of 600km (373 miles).

BMW i3 and i3S

What is BMW’s electric car brand called?

BMW electric car brand is called ‘i’ – hence i3, iX3 and i4.

What is the warranty on a BMW electric car battery?

The electric car battery is covered for up to eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Overall, a BMW electric car is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Are BMW electric cars eligible for the government Plug-in Car Grant?

Because they cost less than £50,000, both the BMW i3 and i3S are eligible for the government Plug-in Car Grant.

Where can you buy an BMW electric car?

You can buy a new BMW electric car from your nearest BMW dealer. 

How much do BMW electric cars cost?

The BMW i3 starts at around £36,000, while the i3S costs upwards of £38,500. These prices exclude options and a £3,000 deduction for the Plug-in Car Grant.

Charging a BMW electric car

Charging a BMW i3

What type of plug do BMW EVs use?

BMW electric cars use Type 2 (AC) and CCS (DC) plugs.

What charging equipment comes as standard with a BMW electric car?

A BMW electric car comes with a five-metre cable for use with a domestic plug socket or a wallbox. It will deliver a full charge in approximately 15 hours.

An optional rapid charge cable costs around £240, while a fast charge cable is priced at £165.

Can BMW electric cars use rapid chargers?

Yes, BMW electric cars can use rapid chargers.

Can BMW electric cars use Ionity chargers?

Yes, BMW electric cars can use the Ionity 350kW ultra-rapid charging network.

Where is the charging point located on a BMW electric car?

The charging point on the BMW i3 is located on the driver’s side of a UK-spec car, above the rear wheel. This is where you’d expect to find a petrol filler cap.

Which charge partner does BMW work with?

BMW’s ChargeNow service is operated by BP Chargemaster. It allows a BMW electric car owner to charge at 7,000 locations across the UK.

What is BMW’s wallbox called?

The BMW wallbox is called the i Wallbox Connect.

What wallbox options does BMW offer?

The i Wallbox Connect costs £825 after the government grant and comes with a five-metre cable. RFID authentication enables charging of different vehicles. Charging power ranges from 10A to 32A – at 230V single phase up to 7.4kW, and three-phase up to 22kW.

Do you get a free wallbox when you buy a new BMW electric car?

No, the BMW i Wallbox Connect is an optional extra.

What is the BMW Charging Service?

BMW’s charging service is called ChargeNow. It provides access to 7,000 public charging points, which can be identified using the car’s navigation system, the BMW Connected app or the BMW ChargeNow website.

Do BMW electric cars have an on-board DC charger?

BMW electric cars feature an 11kW on-board charger for Type 2 AC charging, as well as rapid 49kW DC capability.

What is the maximum charging speed of a BMW electric car?

The maximum charging speed is 49kW. Using this method, an 80 percent charge is available in 40 minutes.

Driving a BMW electric car

What is the range of a BMW electric car?

A BMW i3 offers a claimed 182 to 188 miles of electric range. In the real world, the figure is likely to be closer to 125 miles.

What is the BMW electric car smartphone app called?

The BMW smartphone app is called Connected. Along with the standard features, such as suggesting the ideal time to leave, you can also check the status of your BMW i3.

How many BMW dealers are there and do they offer free charging for owners?

There are around 150 BMW dealers in the UK. 

Does BMW sat nav show charging point locations and availability?

Yes, it’s possible to identify charging points using the sat nav. The system will also tell you if the destination can be reached using the charge left in the battery.

Link: BMW i3 homepage.

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