BMW began production of the i3 hatchback in 2013. The first all-electric vehicle (EV) offering from the Bavarian behemoth has been popular with consumers and has sold well. Between 2014 and 2016, the i3 was the third best-selling EV worldwide…quite impressive! BMW also gives customers the option of adding a range-extending internal combustion engine (ICE) to their vehicles.
Where Can I Charge My i3?
So…you roll out of the dealership and onto the street. You drive your new i3 around for a few days and notice that your new car is low on juice. You begin to freak out as this is your first EV and you aren’t used to transportation powered by electricity. Calm down my nervous little friend, there is nothing to fear!
As we noted here, your BMW i3 can be charged much like most other EVs. Your i3 will come standard with a level-1 charger. You can charge your car using any electrical outlet in your house with this charger. Beware however, you will need between 13 and 16 hours to fully charge your car using a level-1 charger. If you’re fortunate enough to have a level-2 charger installed in your residence or have access to a public level-2 charging station, charging time will be considerably less at 4 to 5 hours. Depending on your daily commute, it may be worth installing a level-2 charging station in your home to expedite the charging process.
Public DC fast chargers will fully charge your beloved i3 in about half an hour. The charging port on your car will work with nearly every charging system out there.
Can My i3 Use a Tesla Charger?
Notice I said “nearly every” charging system out there. Tesla’s Supercharger network is the exception. We here at enrg.io love everything Tesla and appreciate the excellent work Elon and Co. are doing to accelerate EV technology. That being said, if I had to criticize the company it would be regarding their charging network. The company has developed an authentication process that requires each car to be identified as a Tesla before receiving power. Even if you had an adapter, you would not be able to charge your i3 at a Tesla Supercharger station because it isn’t a Tesla. Perhaps the future may bring more cooperation between EV brands.
Like most other EVs, charging your i3 is a breeze. You can charge your car at home using a level-1 charger or upgrade to a level-2 charger for speedier charge times. Your i3 can also be charged in public at any non-Tesla DC fast charging station in about half an hour.
What do our readers think about the various methods of i3 charging? Any recommendations for potential buyers? Have you installed a level-2 charger in your home or are you content with your slow as a snail level-1 charger like I am? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.
Source | Image: BMWUSA.com