£35,000 *Price from
37.5 kWh *Useable Battery
140 mi *Real Range
265 Wh/mi *Efficiency
This electric vehicle is not available yetBMW 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
|Available from *||April 2019|
Lease (BCH) from * £400 pcm
|Congestion Charge *||£0|
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|
|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|
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|
EVDB Real Range
|Range *||140 mi|
|Vehicle Consumption *||265 Wh/mi|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/mi|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent *||151 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 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|
Dimensions and Weight
|Weight Empty *||1400 kg|
|Cargo Volume||No Data|
|Cargo Volume Max||No Data|
|Length *||4011 mm|
|Width *||1775 mm|
|Height *||1598 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|
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.
All about the BMW i3 120 Ah
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.
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.
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.