How to charge your BMW EV guide (for i3 from 2014 onwards)

Introduced in 2014 and in tandem with the i8 the i3 represented BMWs bold view of an electric and sustainable future.

The BMW i3 EV is surprisingly fast, but did you also know it's uniquely made up of 95% recyclable and sustainable materials, as well as being vegan-friendly, with no animal products used in it's assembly and construction.

It is BMWs first mass produced zero-emission vehicle and they've come a long way since it was first released; this is a great EV, whether you're buying one direct from the dealer or as a second-hand car, we reckon it'll convert you to electric for good.


All in all, this is car is just about as unique as they come!

I want to install fast & efficient EVSE for my BMW i3

BMW i3 charging long does it take to charge up?

The BMW i3 is typically equipped one of two with two charger ports; J1772 or Mennekes (you can check with the dealer or owner when you purchase your i3). However, we can make charging a lot easier and faster by installing a universal charger and matching cable, or a specific charger for your BMW.


Plug Standard: Type 1 / J1772 or Type 2 Mennekes

Maximum AC charge rate: 30 Amps*

Average time to recharge BMW i3

Dealer Supplied Charger  12 hours

15 Amp Charger                 5 - 7 hours

32 Amp Charger                 3 - 4.5 hours

*Important: Some BMW i3s can only charge at 15 amps or 3.3kw (rather than 6.6kw) as they only have a single onboard charger. This means that, irrespective of the EVSE you connect, 3.3kw is best you rate you can charge at. To check your vehicle navigate to and enter the VIN number of your car.  The feature you are looking for is a second "S4U8A -KLE Convenience Charging AC"

Basically, with the supplied charging cable, the average time to recharge your BMW i3 is up to 12 hours, which suits overnight charging. 

But, if you'd like to get that time down a bit and get a faster charge in between work, the school run and home, PLUS do all this with your own self-generated solar power, we have a couple of sleek options for your garage wall.

Using a 15amp charger will get your charge time down to 5 - 7 hours and a 32amp charger down to 3 - 4.5 hours.

British-designed Myenergi Zappi and the Swedish ChargeAmps HALO are smart charging units that look great and give you a fast and efficient EV driving experience.

The Zappi is solar-aware, meaning it connects to your solar system and will only use your own self-generated power. In short, it'll charge your i3 until you need power elsewhere in the house, divert it there, then return it to your EV. You don't pull or pay for power from the grid.

Myenergi Zappi electric car charger
ChargeAmps HALO electric car charger

Myenergi Zappi

ChargeAmps HALO

Level 2 charging for home or office

Eco-smart and solar-aware, uses your own self-generated solar power

Level 2 charging for home or office

Integrated smart software via phone app

What do our customers say about us?


"The EVolution 10/15A charger is great! It’s a robust and quality little unit and the service was top quality in relation to the supply & installation of my Cylon Charging Station.


The unit was delivered & installed at the time stated, efficiently and cleanly. The unit itself is great and has reduced charging time from 12+hours from a standard household power point to just over 3 ½ hours with the Cylon unit. It should also be noted that the price is substantially lower than that quoted by BMW for their branded unit."


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