BMW i3 range, battery & charging

A battery upgrade for 2019 has given the BMW i3 longer legs, and it now has a real-world range of around 160 miles

BMW i3 charging
Range Wallbox charge    Fast charge Rapid charge
177-193 miles 6hrs (7.4kW, 0-100%) 3hrs (11kW, 0-80%) 45mins (50kW, 0-80%)

New higher-density battery technology has enabled BMW to improve the range of the latest version of the i3, without modifying the car’s basic layout or reducing accommodation for passengers or luggage.

BMW i3 range

Now with a 42.2kWh lithium-ion battery stashed under the floor, the latest version of the standard 168bhp i3 and 181bhp i3s can return up to 193 miles of range under WLTP testing. In the real world, you can expect to get around 160 miles of range in warmer temperatures, although that'll dip to some 140 miles or less in bad weather or with a lot of motorway miles.

Charge time

Using a standard three-pin plug and regular domestic wall socket, it’ll take up to 20 hours to fully charge the BMW i3. However, fit a 7kW BMW i wallbox and you can reduce that to six hours.

Plug into a 50kW rapid charger of the kind found in motorway services and you'll get an additional 100 miles of range in around 30 minutes.

Battery warranty

BMW offers an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on its battery pack.