Owning a BMW i vehicle brings a host of pleasures, but your first step into electric motoring can be daunting. Below are the answers to the type of questions most prospective buyers raise.

COSt questions.

Electric cars are generally not more expensive than comparable combustion-engined vehicles. A range of finance options are also available  – find out more below. 


In the long run, yes with running costs of about 2.6p per mile.

For the BMW i3 it's worked out like this: 26.019p (daily electricity supply charge) + (10.658 per kWh x 18.8kWh capacity) makes a cost of £2.26 per charge. Divide this by 85 (the minimum range in miles of the BMW i3 with a full battery) and you get 2.6p.

The BMW i3 has very low maintenance costs, and often needs nothing apart from consumables replaced - such as windscreen washer fluid - in its first three years.

The BMW i3 qualifies for a £4,500* government grant when purchased new. Cars costing more than £60,000 are ineligible, so the BMW i8 does not qualify for a grant.

*Correct as of 22 September 2016.

General questions.

You can buy a BMW i vehicle from a BMW i Agent. Use the link below to find your nearest one.


The BMW i3 and BMW i8 are manufactured in a purpose-built factory in Leipzig, Germany.

As of June 2016, the USA has the most electric vehicles with 274,000. Norway has the highest market penetration, with 1 in 100 cars an electric model.

Electric cars get their energy from banks of batteries, in the case of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, situated under the vehicles' floor. Their energy comes from the electrical grid, either via a socket in your home, a dedicated BMW i Wallbox on the outside of your home, or a public charging station. When driving, the BMW i3 and BMW i8 also use the kinetic energy from braking to charge the battery.

The BMW i3 uses eight battery modules, each with twelve lithium ion cells.

Charging depends on two factors – the delivery of the charge, and the quantity of charge needed. The BMW i3 will charge to 80% capacity from a household mains socket in up to ten hours, or from a public DC fast charging station in up to 40 minutes.

The BMW i8 will charge to 80% from a household socket in 3-4 hours and from a dedicated 3.7kW charge point in 1-2 hours.

The BMW i3 uses a 125kW motor developing 170hp. The BMW i8 has a 96kW electric motor that develops 131hp.


If it's not using its range extender engine the BMW i3 has zero local emissions. And if it's using electricity generated from a renewable source, then it has minimal impact on the environment in use. 

BMW i vehicles are also manufactured in a plant powered by renewable resources, and the carbon fibre used in their passenger cells is made in a plant powered by hydro electricity.

Insde the BMW i3, the use of eucalyptus and kenaf for internal surfaces helps reduce the need for petroleum-based plastics, while leather is tanned using olive oil, and seats contain fibres made from recycled PET bottles.

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Yes. The all-electric BMW i3 has zero emissions at the point of use. 

With a range of more than 100 miles between charges, there are few who can’t swap their current combustion-engine car for an electric one.

The BMW i3 and BMW i8 will plug into a household electrical socket. With the public charging cable accessory they will plug into most public charging stations. Or you can plug them into a BMW i Wallbox, available as an accessory.

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Yes, electric cars are reliable, as the drive uint of an electric motor powered by a battery is a relatively simple device.

The BMW i3 has a Euro NCAP safety rating of four stars. Also, with a wealth of on-board safety systems, the BMW i3 is as safe as any BMW model, which are some of the safest cars on the road.