We here at enrg.io love the BMW i3. While there have been a few complaints, most notably about the car’s air conditioning system and tires, most reviews for the i3 have been overwhelmingly positive. I especially like the body design of the i3. It’s well…different and that’s a good thing in my opinion. Call me crazy but I think the suicide doors are actually really cool. They remind me of the doors on a 1960’s Lincoln Continental.
Unlike the Lincoln of centuries past, the BMW i3 comes standard as an all-electric vehicle (EV). BMW does offer their customers the option of adding an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to the finished vehicle for added range.
We discussed the various methods for charging your i3 yesterday. Today we focus specifically on BMW i3 charging time using a standard 110v wall socket.
How Long Does It Take to Charge My BMW i3 on 110v?
Like the Nissan Leaf, your BMW i3 will come standard with a factory level-1 charger. It is important to note that the terms 110v and 120v are practically interchangeable in North America. These are the standard voltages for your household wall sockets. Chris Deziel from Hunker.com has a great, easy to understand write up about this here.
Depending on what version i3 you have, your car will take between 13 and 16 hours to reach a full charge using a level-1 110v charger. While this may seem like a long time to wait, consider that most drivers will plug their car in when they get home from work and leave it charging overnight. This practice isn’t great for the battery but it will get the job done. This may work just fine for drivers with a short daily commute who will not need to charge often or with any time restrictions.
If you have a substantial daily commute, you may want to consider having a level-2 charger installed in your home. This will cut charging time down to between 4 and 6 hours. If you have access to a DC fast charger, your beloved i3 will be able to go from 0 to 80% capacity in around half an hour.
How Many kWh Does It Take to Charge a BMW i3?
kWh are the unit of measurement used by utility companies to measure the amount of electricity used by their customers. My friend Electric Jen has an excellent write up about the costs of charging your Tesla in all 50 states…check it out here if you haven’t already! The average i3 driver gets about 3.9 miles for every kWh spent. I’m no math wiz but if the i3 has a roughly 190 mile range and gets about 3.9 miles for every kWh spent. This means that it takes about 48 kWh to fully charge your BMW i3.
The beauty of all of this is that electricity is significantly cheaper than gasoline, but you knew that already…
What do our readers think about the BMW i3 charging time? Any i3 owners out there care to chime in about their charging habits? Any tips for prospective i3 buyers that you care to share? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.
Source | Images: Wikimedia Commons and BMWUSA.com