As an Official Partner of BMW, We Will Show You How to Charge Your BMW i3 Easily and Flexibly Using Your Own Wall Box at Home or a Public Charging Station.

Charging Your BMW i3 at Home

Charge at Home with 4.6 kW and Reach Full Charge in 4.5 hours

The BMW i3 can be charged with a charging power of up to 3.7 kW or 7.4 kW (depending on the country) using the wall box. With a battery capacity of 18.8 kWh, you will reach full electric charge in around 4.5 hours. The German legislation does not allow single-phase charging with a charging power higher than 4,6 kW. Thus, the charging power has to be limited to 4,6 kW on the installation side. The full charging power is however available to you at public charging stations. Depending on how you drive, the time of year and a top speed of up to 150 km/h, BMW offers a customer-oriented range of approx. 160 km. Anyone who doesn’t think that’s quite sufficient can purchase the Range Extender from BMW which will increase the range up to 300 km thanks to a combustion engine. Charging is performed using a type 2 plug and can be done via a mode 2 power cable connected to an individually fused domestic socket with 2.3 kW. For safety reasons, you should avoid doing this in the long term. Your socket will be under full strain for 9 hours when charging from the domestic socket. Using the wall box, you can charge your BMW i3 not only safely but also almost twice as fast as with a regular domestic socket.

What do I need a wall box for?

With a wall box for your BMW i3, you can charge your car not only quickly and efficiently (saving up to 4 hours of time with a 4.6 kW charging station) but also safely and intelligently. Read our blog entry on ‘Why do I actually need a charging station?’ to find out what risks are posed by charging from a domestic socket and what advantages charging your BMW i3 via a wall box can have for you. We also compiled an overview of what you need to be aware of for the safe installation of a charging station.

Charging Your BMW i3 When Out and About

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Flexible charging anywhere at any CEE industrial or domestic socket

With a mobile charging station and the matching adapters you can charge everywhere with a charging power of 2.3 kW at a domestic power socket, and up to a charging power of 22 kW at a 32 A CEE industrial socket. With a mobile charging station you are less dependent on public charging stations, which makes mobile charging stations the perfect companion on the road.

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Public Charging Stations with Type 2 Socket or Type 2 Charging Cable

With a mode 3 type 2 charging cable, BMW i3 drivers can make use of the national electricity grid at public charging stations. Moreover, the optional package “Fast Charge” enables the car to be charged at direct current charging stations with a Combo 2 plug, with up to 50 kW. This means that your BMW i3 will be fully recharged after only half an hour. At the moment, it is still a problem that most charging station providers won’t let you charge at their facilities without registering in advance. Charging in public must therefore be planned properly.

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Technical Data for the BMW i3

Technical data¹ and charging times (as of July 2015)
Battery capacity:18.8 kWh
Energy usage²:12.9 kWh/ 100km
Range (customer-oriented):160 km (300 km RANGE EXTENDER)
Top speed:150 km/h
Socket type:Type 2
Charging with an on-board charger:3.7 kW (single-phase 16 A); optional "Fast Charge": 7.4 kW (single-phase 32 A)
Charging time using standard domestic socket⁴ (2.3 kW):8.5 hours
Charging time with 4.6 kW wall box:4.5 hours
Range after one hour of charging⁴ via 4.6 kW wall box:35 km
Charging power of the BMW i3 depending on vehicle specifications¹
Basic package:2.7 kW with standard charging cable³ (AC)
3.7 kW via the at-home wall box (AC)
Special quick-charge connection equipment:4.6 kW via the at-home wall box (AC)
7.4 kW at public charging stations (AC)
50 kW at public charging stations (DC)

¹ Source: BMW AG
² Energy consumption based on ECE R101 energy consumption test (combined)
³ We recommend a max. charging power of 10 A (2.3 kW) if you have not had a qualified electrician examine your domestic socket
⁴ Charging times are rounded reference values based on the assumption that the charging is not performed in a linear fashion




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