BMW i3 120 Ah

Battery Electric Vehicle

£35,000 *Price from

37.5 kWh *Useable Battery

140 mi *Real Range

265 Wh/mi *Efficiency

This electric vehicle is not available yet

BMW hasn't announced the 120Ah battery pack yet, but there are strong rumours that indicate it will come available in early 2019. The new battery will result in a longer range and probably also increase the power and charging speed of the i3. All specifications with * are estimates.

Price from * £35,000

Availability Expected
Available from * April 2019
Available until -

Lease (BCH) from * £400 pcm

Annual VED £0
Congestion Charge * £0
Insurance Group N/A
Price shown is an estimated On The Road Price: it includes VAT, first year VED, vehicle first registration fee, number plates and delivery. The price also includes the Plug-In Car Grant of £4500. Leasing indication is based on BCH calculation excluding VAT, 6+35 months duration, 10000 annual mileage and excluding maintenance. For comparison only, actual lease offers can differ significantly from the indication shown.

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Real Range Estimation between 95 - 215 mi

City - Cold Weather * 140 mi
Highway - Cold Weather * 95 mi
Combined - Cold Weather * 115 mi
City - Mild Weather * 215 mi
Highway - Mild Weather * 125 mi
Combined - Mild Weather * 160 mi
Indication of real-world range in several situations. Cold weather: 'worst-case' based on -10°C and use of heating. Mild weather: 'best-case' based on 23°C and no use of A/C. The actual range will depend on speed, style of driving, climate and route conditions.

Performance

Acceleration 0 - 62 mph * 7.0 sec
Top Speed * 93 mph
Electric Range * 140 mi
Total Power * 150 kW (201 hp)
Total Torque * 221 lb-ft
Drive Rear

Battery and Charging

Battery Capacity * 42.4 kWh
Port Location Right Side - Rear
Charge Port Type 2
Charge Power † * 11 kW AC
Charge Time (0->140 mi) † * 3h30m
Charge Speed † * 41 mph
Battery Useable* 37.5 kWh
FC Port Location Right Side - Rear
Fastcharge Port * CCS
Fastcharge Power * 100 kW DC
Fastcharge Time (14->112 mi) * 20 min
Fastcharge Speed * 290 mph
† This can only be achieved using a 3-phase grid connection. The majority of homes and charge points do not have this connection. In practice charge power will often be 7.4 kW, allowing for a charge time of 5h15m and a charge speed of 28 mph.

Energy Consumption

EVDB Real Range

Range * 140 mi
Vehicle Consumption * 265 Wh/mi
CO2 Emissions 0 g/mi
Vehicle Fuel Equivalent * 151 mpg
Rated = official figures as published by manufacturer. Rated consumption and fuel equivalency figures include charging losses.
Vehicle = calculated battery energy consumption used by the vehicle for propulsion and on-board systems.
NOTE: The fuel equivalency figures are shown in IMPERIAL MPG. Figures in US MPG will differ significantly.

Real Energy Consumption Estimation between 170 - 390 Wh/mi

City - Cold Weather * 265 Wh/mi
Highway - Cold Weather * 390 Wh/mi
Combined - Cold Weather * 325 Wh/mi
City - Mild Weather * 170 Wh/mi
Highway - Mild Weather * 300 Wh/mi
Combined - Mild Weather * 230 Wh/mi
Indication of real-world energy use in several situations. Cold weather: 'worst-case' based on -10°C and use of heating. Mild weather: 'best-case' based on 23°C and no use of A/C. The energy use will depend on speed, style of driving, climate and route conditions.

Dimensions and Weight

Weight Empty * 1400 kg
Seats 4 people
Cargo Volume No Data
Cargo Volume Max No Data
Length * 4011 mm
Width * 1775 mm
Height * 1598 mm
Wheelbase 2570 mm

Company Car Tax Indication

BIK Tax Rate 13%
P11D Value from * £39,445
Benefit in Kind (BIK) * £5,128
BIK @ 20% * £85 pcm
BIK @ 40% * £171 pcm
BIK @ 45% * £192 pcm
* = estimated value. Average energy consumption and range based on moderate drive style and climate. Real-life values may differ significantly. Pricing information might not be actual for some regions. No rights can be derived from the information on this site.

Home and Destination Charging (0 -> 100%)

Charging is possible by using a regular wall plug or a charging station. Public charging is always done through a charging station. How fast the EV can charge depends on the charging station (EVSE) used and the maximum charging capacity of the EV. The table below shows all possible options for charging the BMW i3 120 Ah. Each option shows how fast the battery can be charged from empty to full.

NOTE: BMW has not released details about the on-board charger of the i3. The information below is based on estimatation of the most likely on-board charger.

Type 2 (Mennekes - IEC 62196)
Charging Point Max. Power Power Time Rate
Wall Plug (2.3 kW) 230V / 1x10A 2.3 kW 16h30m 9 mph
1-phase 16A (3.7 kW) 230V / 1x16A 3.7 kW 10h15m 14 mph
1-phase 32A (7.4 kW) 230V / 1x32A 7.4 kW 5h15m 28 mph
3-phase 16A (11 kW) 230V / 3x16A 11 kW 3h30m 41 mph
3-phase 32A (22 kW) 230V / 3x16A 11 kW † 3h30m 41 mph

† = Limited by on-board charger, vehicle cannot charge faster.

Rapid Charging (10 -> 80%)

Rapid charging enables longer journeys by adding as much range as possible in the shortest amount of time. Charging power will decrease significantly after 80% state-of-charge has been reached. A typical rapid charge therefore rarely exceeds 80% SoC. The rapid charge rate of an EV depends on the charger used and the maximum charging power the EV can handle. The table below shows all details for rapid charging the BMW i3 120 Ah.

BMW has not released details about rapid charging the i3. The information below is based on estimated values of the most likely rapid charging capabilities.

  • Max. Power: maximum charging power the vehicle can use
  • Avg. Power: average charging power over a session from 10% to 80%
  • Time: time needed to charge from 10% to 80%
  • Rate: average charging speed over a session from 10% to 80%
Combined Charging System (CCS Combo 2)
Charging Point Max. Power Avg. Power Time Rate
CCS (50 kW DC) 50 kW 50 kW 35 min 160 mph
CCS (100 kW DC) 100 kW 80 kW † 20 min 290 mph
CCS (150 kW DC) 100 kW † 80 kW † 20 min 290 mph

† = Limited by fastcharge capabilities of vehicle

NOTE: Most rapid charges are currently limited to 50 kW. Chargers with more power are expected in the near future.

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All about the BMW i3 120 Ah

Pricing

The BMW i3 120 Ah has an estimatedn On The Road Price (OTR) of £39,500. The OTR Price includes VAT, first year of VED, vehicle first registration fee, number plates and delivery. The BMW i3 120 Ah is eligible for the Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) of £4,500. The grant will be applied to the final invoice price of the car. The OTR Price including the PICG for the BMW i3 120 Ah is £35,000.

Drivetrain and Performance

The BMW i3 120 Ah is a full electric vehicle (BEV). The estimated maximum power of the BMW i3 120 Ah is 150 kW (201 hp). The estimated maximum torque is 221 lb-ft. The BMW i3 120 Ah is rear wheel drive and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in an estimated 7.0 seconds. The estimated top speed is 93 mph.

Battery and Charging

The battery of the BMW i3 120 Ah has an estimated total capacity of 42.4 kWh. The usable capacity is 37.5 kWh (estimate). An estimated range of about 140 miles is achievable on a fully charged battery. The actual range will however depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style.

For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in a range of around 95 mi. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the range to around 215 mi.

Charging is done using a Type 2 connector and the on-board charger has a maximum power of 11 kW. This charges a fully depleted battery back to full in around 3 hours 30 minutes. However, a 3-phase grid connection is needed to achieve this. The majority of homes and charge points currently do not have this connection. In most cases the maximum charging power will be 7.4 kW, allowing for a charge time of 5 hours 15 minutes and a charge rate of 28 mph. Charging the car using a regular wall plug will take around 16 hours 30 minutes.

Rapid charging is possible through a CCS connection (expected). The maximum rapid charge power is 100 kW. The battery can't be charged continuously at this power. In an average rapid charge session the average charge power will be around 80 kW. This charges the battery from 10% to 80% in around 20 minutes. A rapid charge like this will add about 95 miles of range.

Energy Consumption

The estimated combined (motorway and city) energy consumption of the BMW i3 120 Ah is about 265 Wh per mile. By comparison, this energy consumption is the equivalent of a fuel consumption of 151 mpg in a traditional petrol car.

The actual energy consumption will depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style. For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in an energy use of around 390 Wh per mile. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the efficiency to about 170 Wh per mile.

CO2 Emission

The BMW i3 120 Ah emits no CO2 during driving. This only includes direct emissions from the vehicle itself. The energy needed to charge the battery might have been (partly) generated by the use of fossil fuels. Vehicles with an internal combustion engine will always emit CO2 during driving. Additionally, CO2 is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels.