Charging your BMW i3 at home is easy with a home EV Charger. You will need to have a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet installed in your garage or driveway. The amperage of your EV charger will need to be at least 16 amps.
Best plug-in BMW i3 EV chargers
We recommend plug-in chargers as Lectron 40 Amp or Grizzl-E for those who have more than one electric vehicle because they can be used simultaneously and don’t require hardwiring. These types of chargers are less expensive up front but do have some drawbacks as well–you’ll need to remember to unplug them when not in use so they won’t overcharge your battery or overload your electrical system.
Best hardwired BMW i3 EV chargers
Hardwired chargers such as JuiceBox or Siemens are more convenient than ever before, because it takes up less space on your floor or desk, won’t get unplugged accidentally, and doesn’t require batteries that need replacing every few months.
If you live in the US, BMW will send you a home сharging Installation Kit to your address free of charge after purchasing your i3 online at their website. The out-of-pocket cost for home charging installation should be less than $500 , whereas most electricians would charge around $700 to install the same kind of charger.
Some Home Owners Associations (HOA) may not allow certain types of home EV Chargers to be installed, so please check with them before purchasing. If you do not have an outlet installed, or your HOA does not allow home EV Chargers to be installed, there are public charging stations located throughout the US. You can find the nearest charging station by using this website: https://www.plugshare.com/
The average electric vehicle can go about 80 miles on a single charge , but that number will vary depending on the make and model of the car. The BMW i3 has an all-electric range of 81 miles and a total range of 150 miles when the gasoline engine is used. Once your battery is depleted, it will take approximately 3 hours to fully recharge at a 240-volt.
How to choose BMW i3 home сhargers
The amperage of your home electric vehicle charger will need to be at least 16 amps, but most home сhargers can be found with 30 amps or more. For the BMW i3 the optimal home сharger would be a Chargepoint 240-volt (50 amp) with weatherproof cover.
The average electric vehicle can go about 80 miles on a single charge, but that number will vary depending on the make and model of the car. The BMW i3 has an all-electric range of 81 miles and a total range of 150 miles when the gasoline engine is used. Once your battery is depleted, it will take approximately 3 hours to fully recharge at a 240-volt outlet.
Where can I buy an electric vehicle charger?
You can buy home EV Chargers from many different places, but we recommend checking with your local electrician, home Depot, or Amazon. Home Depot offers the Chargepoint 240-volt (50 amp) home сharger with free shipping. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get the same home charger shipped to your door in two days for free.
What’s the difference between Level 1, 2, & 3 chargers?
Level 1 charging uses a standard wall outlet (the same one used for your computer or television) and can take anywhere from 7-30 hours to charge your car depending on how much power your local utility company is supplying at any given time. A level 1 charger will cost around $200 but it will only give you enough charge for 50 miles of driving per day. This makes level 1 charging impractical for most people.
Level 2 chargers are much more common because they are installed in your garage and connect directly to your electric system. A level 2 charger can charge a BMW i3 from 0 to 100% in 7-8 hours, so it’s much quicker than the standard home Depot outlet which is why level 2 chargers have rapidly grown in popularity.
Level 3 chargers are the fastest and most expensive type of EV charger, and can charge a BMW i3 from 0 to 100% in as little as 30 minutes. Level 3 chargers are not commonly found outside of commercial settings such as airports or shopping malls.
What’s the difference between an EV Charger and a Tesla EV Charger?
An EV Charger is compatible with all electric vehicles that use the standard J1772 plug, while a Tesla EV Charger is only compatible with Tesla vehicles.
Can I install an EV Charger myself?
Yes, you can install an EV Charger yourself as long as you are comfortable with basic electrical wiring (via NEMA 14-50 or 6-50). EV adept offers a free installation service for all EV Chargers, and most professional electricians are also familiar with installing EVSE.
How do home EV Chargers work?
Home EV chargers work by plugging into a standard outlet in your home and then connecting to the BMW i3. Once plugged in, the charger will automatically start charging your car. Home EV chargers are available in different amperages, so it’s important to choose one that is compatible with your BMW i3. Most home EV chargers have an amperage of 16 amps, which will work with most electric vehicles.
How Much Will it Cost to Install a Home EV Charger for i3?
Home EV chargers can be installed by either a professional service or by DIY enthusiasts. The cost of installation will vary depending on the type of charger you choose and the amount of work required. Home EV chargers typically range in price from $200 to $1,500.
Charging your BMW i3 at home is easy with a home EV Charger. Home EV chargers are available in different amperages, so make sure to choose one that is compatible with your car. Most home EV Chargers have an amperage of 16 amps, which will work with most electric vehicles.
Calculation of waiting time for charging to a full battery of a BMW I3
|BMW i3BEV 120 Ah||BMW i3BEV 60 Ah||BMW i3BEV 94 Ah|
|40 Amp EV charger||3 h 18 min||1 h 42 min||2 h 35 min|
|50 Amp EV charger||2 h 53 min||1 h 29 min||2 h 16 min|
|16 Amp EV charger||8 h 19 min||4 h 17 min||6 h 33 min|
For public networks, the calculation can be done using a calculator.
We can assist you with installing charging ports for the i3.
For your house EV charger, we offer installation services for home chargers, which is a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. Installation includes standard electrical wiring and conduit, as well as all hardware needed for a successful installation. For more information or to schedule an appointment.