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About the BMW i3

Vehicle Overview

If you automatically think of sedans when you think of electric vehicles, think again. The BMW i3 offers the space and utility of an SUV with the convenience and appeal of fully electric power. Introduced in 2013, the BMW i3 has become a popular choice for those in the market for an electric vehicle that doesn't sacrifice passenger or cargo space. The i3 also comes equipped with three versatile charging options to suit your lifestyle, including the ability to charge via standard wall outlet.

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Q: Is the BMW i3 fully electric?

A: This depends on the configuration of BMW i3 you choose; all trims and models of the i3 are available with an optional range extender, which includes a small gasoline engine that can help your vehicle go further without needing to stop for a charge. Without the range extender, however, the BMW i3 does run fully on electric power.

Q: How long do BMW i3 batteries last?

A: The life of any electric vehicle battery will vary depending on the model year, how well the vehicle is maintained, and how often the vehicle is driven. 

Q: What kind of mileage does the BMW i3 get?

A: Mileage estimates for the BMW i3 vary from one model year to the next. However, in the 2019 i3 with fully electric engine, the EPA-estimated range is 113 miles.1

Q: How fast does the BMW i3 charge?

A: This depends on your method of charging; the i3 is available with Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 charging options. According to the manufacturer, Level 1 chargers can take up to 15 hours to charge from an empty battery, but allows you to plug into a standard wall outlet. Aftermarket chargers are available from a variety of companies and are designed to dramatically reduce the charge time for each vehicle.

1Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See

BMW i3 Trim Configurations

When it was introduced in 2013, the BMW i3 was only available in one trim configuration with an optional range-extender add-on. Since the 2018 model year, however, the i3 has been made available in both base and i3s trims with the range extender available as an option for each. The below features are based specifically on the 2018 model year.

BMW i3 Base

• 170 horsepower electric motor

• 19-inch alloy wheels

• Keyless entry

• Heated front seats

• Bluetooth® connectivity

BMW i3s

• 184 horsepower electric motor

• Larger 20-inch wheels

• Standard performance tires

• Wider fenders and lower profile

Both trim levels are also available with add-on packages, including a Technology & Driving Assistant package and three upholstery packages.

BMW i3 vs. Other Electric Cars

Tesla Model 3

Like the BMW i3, the Tesla Model 3 offers seating for up to five passengers. The main difference between the i3 and the Tesla Model 3 is that the Model 3 comes in numerous engine configurations with varying ranges to suit the driver's needs. For the 2018 model year, for example, the Tesla Model 3 is available with a mid- and long-range battery pack option, along with both single-motor and dual-motor configurations. 

2018 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is another popular all-electric vehicle that offers seating for up to five passengers. Unlike the i3, the Leaf is a sedan, so it is more compact, but this means greater maneuverability and handling. The Nissan Leaf also comes in three trim configurations: the S, SV, and SL for the 2018 model year. 

2017 Mercedes B Class Electric

Mercedes hasn't offered the fully electric B Class since the 2017 model year, but this electric SUV remains a popular used option due to its quiet and spacious interior as well as its impressive power. 

Reviews for BMW I3

Overall Rating

4.3 out of 5(3 reviews)

fun car

It's fun to drive around town.

- Mark Holthoff, 2014 BMW I3

Underestimated electric car

- Doug Barber, 2015 BMW I3

Great commuter car, loaded with tech

Great commuter car for daily commute range < 60 miles (EV only) or <140 miles (gas, EV) Good acceleration, fun to drive, easy to park (self-parking feature) Loaded with technology Spacious interior Low cost maintenance

- J T, 2014 BMW I3

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