37.9 kWhUseable Battery
145 miReal Range
Plug in Car Grant - Upcoming ChangesOn 11th October the Government announced changes to the Plug in Car Grant. These changes will mean that the grant rate for Category 1 vehicles like the BMW i3 120 Ah will move from £4,500 to £3,500. The new rates will come into effect by 23:59 on 9 November at the latest. Additionally, the Goverment has set a limit of 3000 new Category 1 orders before the grant will be reduced to the new rate.
Remaining orders for Category 1 as of 15:30 19/10/2018: 109
Price from £30,680
|Available from||November 2018|
Lease (BCH) from £375 pcm
Real Range between 100 - 225 mi
|City - Cold Weather||145 mi|
|Highway - Cold Weather||100 mi|
|Combined - Cold Weather||120 mi|
|City - Mild Weather||225 mi|
|Highway - Mild Weather||130 mi|
|Combined - Mild Weather||170 mi|
|Acceleration 0 - 62 mph||7.3 sec|
|Top Speed||93 mph|
|Electric Range||145 mi|
|Total Power||125 kW (168 hp)|
|Total Torque||184 lb-ft|
Battery and Charging
|Battery Capacity||42.2 kWh|
|Port Location||Right Side - Rear|
|Charge Port||Type 2|
|Charge Power †||11 kW AC|
|Charge Time (0->145 mi) †||4h15m|
|Charge Speed †||36 mph|
|Battery Useable||37.9 kWh|
|FC Port Location||Right Side - Rear|
|Fastcharge Power||50 kW DC|
|Fastcharge Time (15->116 mi)||40 min|
|Fastcharge Speed||150 mph|
EVDB Real Range
|Vehicle Consumption||260 Wh/mi|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/mi|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||155 mpg|
|Rated Consumption||210 Wh/mi|
|Vehicle Consumption||165 Wh/mi|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/mi|
|Rated Fuel Equivalent||192 mpg|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||238 mpg|
|Rated Consumption||No Data|
|Vehicle Consumption||195 Wh/mi|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/mi|
|Rated Fuel Equivalent||No Data|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||206 mpg|
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 between 165 - 375 Wh/mi
|City - Cold Weather||260 Wh/mi|
|Highway - Cold Weather||375 Wh/mi|
|Combined - Cold Weather||315 Wh/mi|
|City - Mild Weather||165 Wh/mi|
|Highway - Mild Weather||290 Wh/mi|
|Combined - Mild Weather||220 Wh/mi|
Dimensions and Weight
|Weight Empty||1345 kg|
|Cargo Volume||260 L|
|Cargo Volume Max||1100 L|
Company Car Tax Indication
|BIK Tax Rate||13%|
|P11D Value from||£35,125|
|Benefit in Kind (BIK)||£4,566|
|BIK @ 20%||£76 pcm|
|BIK @ 40%||£152 pcm|
|BIK @ 45%||£171 pcm|
Similar electric vehicles
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.
|Type 2 (Mennekes - IEC 62196)|
|Charging Point||Max. Power||Power||Time||Rate|
|Wall Plug (2.3 kW)||230V / 1x10A||2.3 kW||19h30m||7 mph|
|1-phase 16A (3.7 kW)||230V / 1x16A||3.7 kW||12h15m||12 mph|
|1-phase 32A (7.4 kW)||230V / 1x32A||7.4 kW||6h15m||24 mph|
|3-phase 16A (11 kW)||230V / 3x16A||11 kW||4h15m||36 mph|
|3-phase 32A (22 kW)||230V / 3x16A||11 kW †||4h15m||36 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.
- 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||45 kW †||40 min||150 mph|
|CCS (100 kW DC)||50 kW †||45 kW †||40 min||150 mph|
|CCS (150 kW DC)||50 kW †||45 kW †||40 min||150 mph|
† = Limited by fastcharge capabilities of vehicle
All about the BMW i3 120 Ah
The BMW i3 120 Ah has an On The Road Price (OTR) of £35,180. 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 £30,680.
Drivetrain and Performance
The BMW i3 120 Ah is a full electric vehicle (BEV). The maximum power of the BMW i3 120 Ah is 125 kW (168 hp). The maximum torque is 184 lb-ft. The BMW i3 120 Ah is rear wheel drive and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds. The top speed is 93 mph.
Battery and Charging
The battery of the BMW i3 120 Ah has a total capacity of 42.2 kWh. The usable capacity is 37.9 kWh. A range of about 145 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 100 mi. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the range to around 225 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 4 hours 15 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 6 hours 15 minutes and a charge rate of 24 mph. Charging the car using a regular wall plug will take around 19 hours 30 minutes.
Rapid charging is possible through a CCS connection. The maximum rapid charge power is 50 kW. The battery can't be charged continuously at this power. In an average rapid charge session the average charge power will be around 45 kW. This charges the battery from 10% to 80% in around 40 minutes. A rapid charge like this will add about 100 miles of range.
The combined (motorway and city) energy consumption of the BMW i3 120 Ah is about 260 Wh per mile. By comparison, this energy consumption is the equivalent of a fuel consumption of 155 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 375 Wh per mile. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the efficiency to about 165 Wh per mile.
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.
More information from BMW
The link below will open the page of the i3 on the official BMW site.
The model shown on this page is the successor of the BMW i3, which was available from October 2017 until October 2018. The previous model was £1110 less expensive, had 40 mi less range, same acceleration and was 2% more energy efficient.