BMW range BMW i3 against an urban backdrop with woman and child




For an electric vehicle it is not only important to consider how fast and safely it travels, but also how far it will take you. In this consideration, the range of an electric vehicle also depends on factors such as the speed, driving style and outside temperature as well as the use of the air conditioning or seat heating. These are factors that we cannot calculate. But all the others we can. Here you can find out all about the ranges of our electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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  • What is the range of an electric car?

    The range of an electric car depends on the battery capacity of the vehicle, the individual user behavior and the outside temperature. Most electric cars have a range of several hundred kilometres, with the BMW iX3, for example, having a range of approx. 400 km*. Although the current range of the BMW electric cars is already sufficient for the average user, it will continue to rise.

    *These are provisional values

  • How do the ranges differ between hybrid vehicles and electric cars?

    A hybrid vehicle has a lower electric range than an electric car but a greater overall range. The purely electric range of the BMW plug-in hybrids lies between approx. 40 and more than 90 km. For most everyday users, this is entirely sufficient when the range from the combustion engine is added. The purely electric range of the BMW i3 currently extends up to 260 km*, an everyday range that will be increased to approx. 400 km* with the BMW iX3.

    * These are provisional values

  • Can the battery of an electric car be replaced to achieve a greater range?

    The battery of an electric car cannot be replaced. There is, however, a battery certificate or guarantee for the service life and output of the battery. This guarantee varies according to the market.

  • What is a range extender and is it put to use in electric cars?

    The range extender is a petrol-powered generator. In an electric car, though, it does not function as a direct propulsion aid because this would make the car a hybrid vehicle. Instead, it exclusively supplies the battery with power when the charge is running low. However, the range update (90Ah to 120Ah) for the BMW i3 means that it has not been available since 2018.

  • Is the range of an electric car adversely affected by sub-zero temperatures in winter or by heat?

    When temperatures are low, additional energy is needed for heating the interior and possibly also the battery heating because the extremely high efficiency of an electric motor means that it does not give off much heat. Nevertheless, it can be stated that the greater the battery capacity an electric car has, the smaller will be the role played by the loss of range due to heating. In summer, switching on the air conditioning may also slightly affect the range, but to a lesser extent than the heating.


BMW charging in everyday use BMW i3s against an urban backdrop

Everyday charging covers charging operations in everyday activities in public areas, at home or at work. A sample scenario of everyday charging could take the following form: usually you charge your vehicle at home overnight from the Wallbox or simply from a domestic socket using alternating current (AC). This already provides you with more than enough energy for your everyday journeys, such as the route to work, the shopping trip in between and visits to restaurants after work. In these activities, you are not reliant upon public charging stations. If required, though, you will find charging facilities both on your route and in public places, where you will enjoy additional privileges such as free parking during the charging process. The mobility services of BMW Charging make searching for and using charging stations even more convenient. It guarantees that you will always reach all your daily destinations in comfort.


 BMW high-power charging BMW i3s on the road

On long journeys, there will be occasions when even the fully charged battery of your electric car is not enough. This is why, in addition to the public charging stations at car parks and in inner cities, there are also high-power charging stations, such as those provided by IONITY. These charging facilities use direct current (DC) and are located along the key transit routes and motorways. This network of charging options is undergoing continuous expansion and is designed especially for long journeys and short stops. As they are particularly powerful, the stations provide a significantly faster charge and shorter waiting times as a result. In this way, you can charge your BMW i3s, for example, up to a level of 80% in approx. 40 minutes. And thanks to the BMW navigation system and the BMW Connected App, you can effortlessly combine your route with these charging stations and determine the best possible itinerary for an efficient journey.

BMW range example BMW i3s against mountain scenery three-quarter rear view


Imagine you live in Munich, but want to travel to Berlin for professional or private reasons in your BMW i3. No problem! Just a brief search with your BMW navigation system or the BMW Connected App is all it takes to plan the itinerary. Lining the fastest possible route and available at regular intervals are five charging stations, of which two offer high-power charging. After 90 to 150 kilometres and a journey time of approx. 1 to 1.5 hours, you thus have the option of calling in at one of the specified service areas with a charging station. Here you can briefly stretch your legs or grab a coffee while the vehicle is charging. After a stop of 20 to 30 minutes, you can then resume your journey in a relaxed manner. After approx. 8 hours, you will arrive at your destination in Berlin – and all of this free of stress and with maximum efficiency.

 BMW electric cars BMW i3 on the road three-quarter front view


BMW plug-in hybrids BMW hybrid vehicle on the road three-quarter front view


BMW charging BMW i3s man at charging station


Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

  • BMW i3:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 14.2

    BMW i3s:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
    Electric consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 14.7

    The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model.

    The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification.

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at