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BMW i3 range, battery & charging

A battery upgrade for 2019 gave the BMW i3 longer legs, with a real-world range of around 160 miles

BMW i3 charging
Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

3.0 out of 5

Price
£38,785 - £43,315
Fuel Type:
Electric
RangeWallbox charge   Fast chargeRapid charge
175-189 miles6hrs (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 can return up to 189 miles of range under official testing, while the corresponding figure for the 181bhp i3s is 175 miles. In the real world, you can expect to get around 160 miles 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.

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