Charging BMW Electric Cars

Charging BMW EVs

BMW offers a varied selection of Plug-In Hybrids and EVs inspired by their pre-existing hybrid and combustion engine models, referred to as BEVs (battery electric vehicles). They have a range of powerful, luxury EVs on the market.

However, like most other EVs, they need to be charged appropriately using the right equipment to get the most out of their batteries. Using sub-par equipment can impact the longevity of their batteries and damage the EV.

For this reason, the charger, charging cables, or charging station you use is crucial.

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Charging A BMW EV

Currently, BMW offers five EVs commercially to customers around the globe:
● The i3
● The i3S
● The i4
● The iX
● The iX3

They have battery capacities of:
● 42.2 kWh for the i3 and i3S
● 83.9 kWh for the i4
● 111.5 kWh for the iX
● 80 kWh for the iX3

The battery capacity is pivotal to charging your BMW EV, as this will impact how often and how much you will need to charge it.

There is also a large range of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles created by BMW:

● BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
● BMW 3 Series Saloon
● BMW 3 Series Touring
● BMW 5 Series Saloon
● BMW 5 Series Touring
● BMW 7 Series Saloon (2022)
● BMW 7 Series Saloon
● BMW 7 Series Saloon (LWB)
● BMW X1
● BMW X2
● BMW X3
● BMW X5
● BMW M760e xDrive
● BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid
● BMW 330e Saloon Plug-in Hybrid
● BMW 530e Touring Plug-in Hybrid
● BMW 750E xDRIVE
● BMW 745e Plug-in Hybrid
● BMW X1 xDrive30e Plug-in Hybrid
● BMW x2 xDrive25e Plug-in Hybrid
● BMW x3 xDrive30e Plug-in Hybrid
● BMW x5 xDrive45e Plug-in Hybrid

This wide variety of hybrid vehicles that use both petrol and electric capabilities is a perfect first step into the world of electric vehicles.

EV Cables BMW

When you choose to invest in a BMW EV, you’ll only want industry-leading, premier charging cables to ensure you optimise your EV efficiency.

At Smartly, we can provide cables to do exactly that:

Smartly Type 2 to Type 2 cables
Smartly Type 1 to Type 2 cables

If you are not sure what cables, chargers or accessories are compatible with your BMW, our vehicle selector tool.

EV Chargers BMW

We also offer our customers more than just premier quality EV cables. We can also provide our customers with proficient chargers such as:

Easee One 7.4kW Single Phase Charger.
Myenergi Zappi Single or Three-Phase Charger
Wallbox Pulsar Max 7.4kW Single Phase Charger

If you are looking for a different brand of charger, then you can view our full selection here.

Why Smartly?

We have always had a customer-centric approach here at Smartly, and this is realised in our dedication to educating our customers about the EV world. However, in addition to the abundance of information we provide, all our products are also sourced from reputable manufacturers. Our cables are made right here in the UK, and all our other products are sourced from high quality manufacturers in Europe.

We practice what we preach in that we do everything we can to offset our carbon footprint. We plant 30 trees every month to ensure we are a carbon-neutral company. We also work closely with One Tree Planted, to plant an additional tree for every order received.

As BMW EVs have a variety of battery capacities, the model of BMW you have will impact how long charging will take.

For the i3 and i3S:
● It will take 19 hours to achieve a full charge with a 3-pin plug.
● It will take 12 hours to achieve a full charge with a 3.6kW charger.
● It will take 6 hours to achieve a full charge with a 7kW charger.
● It will take 4 hours to achieve a full charge with a 22kW charger.
● For Rapid charging, it’ll take 40 minutes to achieve 80% charge using 50kW and 150kW chargers.

For the i4:
● It will take 37 hours to achieve a full charge with a 3-pin plug.
● It will take 23 hours to achieve a full charge with a 3.6kW charger.
● It will take 12 hours to achieve a full charge with a 7kW charger.
● It will take 8 hours to achieve a full charge with a 22kW charger.
● For Rapid charging, it’ll take 70 minutes to achieve 80% charge using 50kW and 30 minutes to achieve 80% charge using 150kW chargers.

For the iX:
● It will take 33 hours to achieve a full charge with a 3-pin plug
● It will take 21 hours to achieve a full charge with a 3.6kW charger
● It will take 11 hours to achieve a full charge with a 7kW charger
● It will take 7 hours to achieve a full charge with a 22kW charger
● For Rapid charging, it’ll take 60 minutes to achieve 80% charge using 50kW and 20 minutes to achieve 80% charge using 150kW chargers.

For the iX3:
● It will take 35 hours to achieve a full charge with a 3-pin plug
● It will take 22 hours to achieve a full charge with a 3.6kW charger
● It will take 12 hours to achieve a full charge with a 7kW charger
● It will take 8 hours to achieve a full charge with a 22kW charger
● For Rapid charging, it’ll take 60 minutes to achieve 80% charge using 50kW and 20 minutes to achieve 80% charge using 150kW chargers.

The charging time for plug-in hybrid models is considerably shorter due to the batteries inside each vehicle being smaller compared to their fully electric counterparts. The charging times vary from model to model. For example:

● To fully charge a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer it only takes 2 hours with around 3.7kW charge.
● To fully charge a BMW x5 xDrive45e Plug-in Hybrid it takes 5 hours with around 3.7kW charge.
To run an iX3, it’ll cost on average 8.88p per mile in electricity. iX3s have a range of 282 miles.
To run an i3, it’ll cost 6.55p per mile, and the i3 has a maximum range of 191 miles on a full charge. The i3S costs around the same to run.
To own and run an i4 BMW model, it’ll cost around 7.28p per mile, and the i4 will give you a range of 365 miles out of one full charge.

For running an iX, you’ll be looking at the cost of 9.10p per mile, with the iX giving you a maximum range of 257 miles from one full charge.

Search your model of BMW EV, plus all other brands here!

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