Ideal for everyday use – range and charging for the BMW i3.


Ideal for everyday use – range and charging for the BMW i3.

DESTINATION WITHIN RANGE. PLENTY OF ENERGY LEFT.Ideal for everyday use – range and charging for the BMW i3.

The BMW i3 has a fully electric range of up to 160 kilometres – making it the perfect vehicle for day-to-day use. After all, most people don’t drive more than 35 to 50 km per day, meaning that all standard journeys can be completed comfortably with the BMW i3, with recharging necessary only every three to four days. You can determine your individual range with the range calculator.


If energy reserves are running low, charging the BMW i3 practically takes care of itself. Use the time the vehicle is parked to charge it up comfortably within just a few hours overnight at home, with the standard charging cable or with the BMW i Wallbox. You can use the charging time calculator to find out how long you need to charge the BMW i3.



The range of the BMW i3 is influenced by many factors. A reliable system continuously evaluates a whole host of factors and ascertain the required range: These include personal driving behaviour, the topography of the surroundings, the temperature, the selected driving mode, the planned route and the use of air-conditioning and heating systems. All of these factors can be used to calculate your exact driving range at any time. This allows you to know for certain that you always have enough reserve energy to get to your destination as planned.


For a longer range up to 300 km, take a look at the information about BMW i3 with optional Range Extender. The electrical range for the BMW i3 with Range Extender may vary depending on the driving profile.

  • The heat pump system: converting air into driving range

    Electric vehicles have to be heated with electricity because they can’t use excess thermal energy generated by a combustion engine. This can have a negative impact on driving range. Because of this, we developed an innovative heat pump system which is particularly effective at extracting energy from the air around the car. The optional heat pump system, which is activated automatically, can raise energy efficiency by up to 50 % compared to conventional heating systems. Not only is the temperature maintained at a comfortable level, depending on the outside temperature, the driving range can be extended by up to 30 %.

  • The driving modes: efficiency that gets you there

    With the BMW i3, you’re also at the wheel when it comes to extending the range. On the standard COMFORT setting the range is up to 160 km. Simply flick the driver experience switch to select ECO PRO or ECO PRO+, two particularly efficient driving modes that extend the range.

  • BMW i Remote App: always linked up with your BMW i3

    The modern age of electric mobility opens a door to new opportunity, including an abundance of possibilities previously considered unthinkable. The BMW i Remote App allows you to keep your BMW i3 under control from anywhere via smartphone or smartwatch. At any time, you can check the battery charge level and the electric driving range. If your BMW i3 is connected to a charging station, you can track the charging process remotely. You can set departure times when your BMW i3 needs to be fully charged and at the right temperature. If you want to, you can also ask the app to rate the efficiency of your driving.

  • The dynamic range display: honesty gets you everywhere

    The range display has also been carefully redesigned for the BMW i3 with the aim of showing you how much range you have left at any time – with absolute reliability. This may sound simple, but it actually entails complex software to assess a whole host of key factors in real time. This includes data on personal driving behaviour, the topography of the surroundings, temperatures, the selected driving mode, the planned route, and the use of air-conditioning and heating systems – all within a split second. The result is a dynamic range indicator that is not just extremely accurate, it makes it much easier to understand the impact of driving patterns and environmental factors.



Two driver profiles – City and Commuter – show two typical uses of the BMW i3 in summer and winter. The City profile is for trips around town, so there are frequent energy recuperation phases and stops. Along with these frequent decelerations, the profile includes typical driving speeds of between 0 and 60 km/h. The Commuter profile is based on one third of the time in busy urban traffic, one third on country roads and one third on motorways. Depending on the profile, the range of the BMW i3 with Range Extender can vary by up to 10 kilometres.


Electrifying driving pleasure begins with charging: When the battery reserves of your BMW i3 are running low, you can charge up the vehicle comfortably at home. Simply connect the BMW i3 to a conventional 230-volt household socket using the standard charging cable and the high-voltage battery will be charged up to 80 % in under eight hours.


Even quicker and more comfortable charging is possible with the BMW i Wallbox, which our installation service is happy to set up for you. Depending on whether you select the Pure or Pro version, your BMW i3 can be charged to 80 % of its full capacity in less than six hours or even less than three hours. This is possible due to the extremely high charging performance of the BMW I Wallbox (3.4 kW with the Pure version, 7.4 kW with the Pro version).


With this home-based “filling station”, you also have the chance to use green electricity and self-generated solar energy – for rapid charging and even greater sustainability.



Zero-emission driving becomes even more sustainable when the electricity used to charge the battery is generated from renewables. For example, a green power contract with a company like Naturstrom ensures your car only uses energy that is 100 % sourced from wind farms and hydroelectric plants. So in all-electric driving mode, you’re travelling with absolutely no emissions. Another innovative solar energy option is offered by companies like SOLARWATT to allow you to charge your BMW i3 with self-generated solar power. Whichever energy option you choose, we’re here to help and advise you. And, of course, our installation service will come and install your BMW i Wallbox and get everything up and running.




There are many good reasons to get out and about in your BMW i3 – and even more opportunities to charge the battery away from home. The practical aspect: With the BMW i3, you can use public charging stations with both alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). This not only makes you more flexible, it also enables you to charge your vehicle as quickly as possible. Because at a DC public charging station, the energy is with a constantly powerful current is transferred directly to the high-voltage battery, enabling the BMW i3 to be charged to 80 % of its capacity in under 30 minutes. If no DC charging station is available, you can charge up your BMW i3 at an AC station to 80 % of its capacity in under three hours. In this way, the public AC stations are particularly suitable for efficient charging overnight or when the vehicle remains parked for a longer period of time.


Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3:
Fuel consumption in l/100km (combined): 0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
Power consumption in kWh/100km (combined): 12.9

Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 with Range Extender:
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 13
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 13.5
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0.6

The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.
The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption depend on the wheel and tyre sizes selected.
Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany.