How to charge your BMW i3s - a guide (for i3s from 2017 onwards)

Introduced in 2017 the i3s represented BMW's first attempt at applying the M formula to an electric vehicle.

While the original i3 is no slouch, the BMW engineers managed to extract more power and torque (125 kW to 135 kW, and  250 Nm to 270 Nm) out of the same power train. And the new i3s still has the original 94Ah / 33kwh battery pack.

However that doesn’t tell us the whole story, as the BMW i3s motor also has much more torque at higher revs for better acceleration when overtaking at speed, which looks like this:

0-37 mph: 3.7 s (i3s) vs 3.8 s (i3)

0-62 mph: 6.9 s (i3s) vs 7.3 s (i3)

50-75 mph: 4.3 s (i3s) vs 5.1 s (i3)

Some say this will be a collectors car in years to come. We don't disagree!

I want to install fast & efficient EVSE for my BMW i3s

BMW i3s charging info - how long does it take to charge up?

The BMW i3s is equipped with a Type 2 Mennekes connector. We can either supply a universal charger and matching cable or specific charger to match your car. Note should you wish to charge from a J1772/Type 1 public charger you will need a Type 1 to Type 2 Adaptor as discussed in the video across.

Plug Standard: Type 2 Mennekes

Maximum AC charge rate: 11kw

Average time to recharge BMW i3s

Dealer Supplied Charger  12 hours

15 Amp Charger                 5 - 7 hours

32 Amp Charger                 3 - 4 hours

With the supplied charging cable, the average time to recharge your BMW i3s is up to 12 hours, which suits overnight charging. 

However, if you'd like a speedier charge up, we can help you reduce the time spent watching the battery charge up between trips out in your shiny new i3s!

If you have solar at home, the British-made Myenergi Zappi is the perfect EVSE charging companion. By hooking into your solar system to ensure you're never pulling from the grid to charge your i3s - raising and lowering the charge depending on what power you're pulling in the house - you'll get maximum EV/solar bang for your buck.

The ChargeAmps HALO is another smart-looking, fast and efficient charging unit that looks great and backs up it's good looks with up to 32amp charging, which equals a much faster charging time.

Myenergi Zappi electric car charger

Myenergi Zappi

ChargeAmps HALO electric car charger

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


Customer photos...

Our customer Rob's fierce (Melbourne Red) BMW i3 charging from a trusty Cylon32 at 3 X the speed of the standard charger!

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