We Will Show You How to Charge Your BMW Electric Car Easily and Flexibly Using Your Own Charging Station at Home.
Everything you Need to Know About Charging your BMW Electric Car at a Glance
Reach Full Charge in 3 hours
It only takes around 3 hours to fully charge the BMW i3. Charging times for other BMW models are listed in the technical data below.
Type 2 Plug
Charging is performed using a type 2 plug. Make sure you select a charging station with integrated charging cable or a compatible mode 3 charging cable.
For your BMW Electric Car we Recommend the Following Charging Stations
The classic option: For your type 2 BMW electric car, such as BMW i3.
The flexible option: For electric cars with different connector types, also for type 1 electric cars
The wanderers: In every situation power for your BMW electric car, such as i3
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The Cost of Installation
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Charging at a CEE Industrial Socket
You can charge your BMW electric car, such as the i3 or the i8, anywhere while you are out and about – provided that you have a mobile charging station, such as the NRGkick, and the right adapters. Depending on your model you can charge with up to 11 kW of charging power at any 32 A CEE industrial socket, just like using the charging station at home.
Charging at Public Charging Stations
You can also charge up your BMW electric car at public charging stations. However, most providers of public charging stations will require that you register with them beforehand. As a result, public charging needs good planning. The be.ENERGISED system from has.to.be enables drivers of electric cars to pay for charging easily and directly online via PayPal or credit card, without the need of a prior registration.
Technical Data and Special Features of all BMW Models
|Technical data¹ and charging times (as of 07.2016)||BMW i3||BMW i3||BMW i8||BMW 225xe Active Tourer||BMW 330e Limousine||X5 xDrive40e|
|Battery capacity:||18,8 kWh||27,2 kWh||7,1 kWh||7,7 kWh||7,6 kWh||9,2 kWh|
|Energy usage²:||12,9 kWh/100km||12,6 kWh/100km||11,9 kWh/100km||11,9 kWh/100km||11,9 kWh/100km||15,3 kWh/100km|
|Range (NEFZ)³:||190 km (300 km Range Extender)||300 km (450 km Range Extender)||37 km||41 km||40 km||31 km|
|Top speed:||150 km/h||150 km/h||120 km/h||125 km/h||120 km/h||120 km/h|
|Socket type:||Typ 2||Typ 2||Typ 2||Typ 2||Typ 2||Typ 2|
|Max. charging capacity:||4,6 kW||11 kW||3,7 kW||3,7 kW||3,7 kW||3,7 kW|
|Charging time with max. charging capacity⁴:||4,5 hours||3 hours||2 hours||2 hours||2,5 hours||2,5 hours|
|Range after one hour of charging⁴ via max. capacity:||55 km||80 km||30 km||25 km||20 km||25 km|
|Charging time using standard domestic socket (2,3 kW)⁴:||8,5 hours||12 hours||3 hours||3 hours||3,5 hours||3,5 hours|
|Charging power depending on vehicle specifications|
|Basic package:||3,7 kW (single-phase, 16 A)||3,7 kW (single-phase, 16 A)||3,7 kW (single-phase, 16 A)||3,7 kW (single-phase, 16 A)||3,7 kW (single-phase, 16 A)||3,7 kW (single-phase, 16 A)|
|Special equipment fast charging:||7,4 kW (single-phase, 32 A)||11 kW (three-phase, 32 A)||-||-||-||-|
¹ Source: BMW AG ² Energy consumption based on ECE R101 energy consumption test (combined) ³ Approximate NEFZ distance, in accordance with regulation ECE101 ⁴ Charging times are rounded reference values based on the assumption that the charging is not performed in a linear fashion.
Special Features when Charging Your BMW i3:
A new version of the BMW i3 with a battery capacity of 27.2 kWh has been available since July 2016, enabling a vehicle driving range of up to 300 km in a standardised NEDC driving cycle. Depending on various factors such as your driving behaviour, the season and the use of the air conditioning system, you can look forward to a real driving range of up to 200 km. In order for drivers to continue to enjoy short charging times, the new BMW i3 is equipped with a three-phase 11 kW on-board charger. Your BMW i3 will be ready to drive after just 3 hours. For those wishing to further optimise their driving range, the BMW i3 can be fitted with a Range Extender as usual, and can then achieve a range of up to 450 km. Naturally, the BMW i3 will continue to be available in the basic version with a battery capacity of 18.8 kWh (60 Ah) and charging power of 3.7 kW (or up to 7.4 kW as an optional feature). With a battery capacity of 18.8 kWh and a maximum charging power of 4.6 kWh (within Germany), you can enjoy a driving range of up to 160 km after 4.5 hours of charging. With the Range Extender, you can extend the driving range to up to 300 km by adding a petrol engine. You can charge the battery using a type 2 plug and at 2.3 kW with a mode 2 charging cable via a separately fused domestic socket. For safety reasons, however, you should avoid doing this in the long term, since charging your car from a domestic socket will place the maximum load on the socket for between 8.5 and 12 hours, depending on the battery capacity. A wallbox will not only allow you to charge your BMW i3 safely, but also almost four times as quickly as using a domestic socket.
Special Features when Charging Your BMW i8:
The BMW i8 is the sports car among the BMW i plug-in hybrid range and truly stands out with its futuristic design. The battery, with its capacity of 7.1 kWh, takes just 2 hours to charge fully via a wallbox, at a charging power of 3.7 kW. Once the battery is charged, you can look forward to an electric driving range of up to 37 km. The BMW i8 has a type 2 plug. You can charge your BMW i8 via the wallbox or a domestic socket using the matching charging cable. However, for safety reasons, we would advise against charging it regularly via a domestic socket, since charging your car from a domestic socket will place the maximum load on the socket for approximately 3 hours. On the other hand, you can charge your car safely and almost twice as quickly using a 3.7 kW wallbox.
Special Features when Charging Your BMW 225xe Active Tourer:
The BMW 225xe Active Tourer is the plug-in hybrid van in the BMW range and comes with a 7.7 kWh battery. The model can be charged fully in just 2 hours using a 3.7 kW wallbox and then offers an electric driving range of up to 41 km. You can charge the battery using a type 2 plug and at 2.3 kW with a mode 2 charging cable via a separately fused domestic socket. For safety reasons, however, you should avoid doing this in the long term, since charging your car from a domestic socket will place the maximum load on the socket for 3 hours.
Special Features when Charging Your BMW 330e Limousine:
The 330e Limousine is the first BMW mid-range car to feature plug-in technology. The battery capacity of this model is 7.6 kWh. After charging it for 2.5 hours via a 3.7 kW wallbox, you can then enjoy the full electric driving range of 40 km. The BMW 330e Limousine has a type 2 plug. You can charge your BMW 330e Limousine via the wallbox or a domestic socket using the matching charging cable. However, for safety reasons, we would advise against charging it regularly via a domestic socket, since charging your car from a domestic socket will place the maximum load on the socket for approximately 3.5 hours. On the other hand, you can charge it more safely using a 3.7 kW wallbox.
Special Features when Charging Your BMW X5 xDrive40e:
The BMW X5 xDrive40e is the green plug-in model in the SUV range. The 9.2 kWh battery allows you to drive for up to 31 km on electric power alone. The car takes approximately 2.5 hours to charge via a 3.7 kW wallbox and requires a type 2 plug. Alternatively, you can also charge your BMW X5 xDrive40e via a separately fused 2.3 kW domestic socket using a mode 2 charging cable. To ensure long-term safety when charging your car, however, we advise against using a domestic socket, since doing so will place the full load on your socket for approximately 3.5 hours.